There are 2 translations of brush in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /brʌʃ/


  • 1 c 1.1 (for cleaning) cepillo (m) to be (as) daft as a brush (BrE) [colloquial/familiar] ser* un bobo, ser* un tonto del bote (Esp) [familiar/colloquial]
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    • Don't comb with a bristle brush when your hair is wet, because it can pull hair out more quickly.
    • In each case the slip was most likely applied with a brush or other implement, rather than being trailed in liquid form from a slip cup.
    • She dipped it into the glass of water that was beside it and then put the bristles of the brush into the red paint that lay spilt on the floor.
    1.2 (for hair) cepillo (m) 1.3
    pincel (m); (large) brocha (f) to be tarred with the same brush [colloquial/familiar] estar* cortados por la misma tijera or por el mismo patrón
    1.4 (for drums) escobilla (f), plumilla (f)
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    • The sound is almost like brushes on a snare drum.
    • A wide variety of drumsticks, including hard sticks, soft mallets, and brushes, is used.
    • The bass on the piano was heavily distorted and the drum brushes were too heavy.
    1.5 (contact) escobilla (f)
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    • Then there is a therapy service, Aftercare, to treat people who have been traumatised by their brief brush with fame.
    • His brief brush with crime came early yesterday morning while he was attending the annual UWI Splash fête at Bowen Marine, Chaguaramas.
    • After a brief brush with academia, he slipped into the life of a freelance writer, producing company histories, TV scripts and a bit of Emmerdale.
  • 2 c (of fox) cola (f)
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    • Shortly after the tragic incident people started to notice that every night a large fox with a black brush would come and lay across the old woman's grave.
    • But the tail, drooping down the side of the shrine, is long and straight; and club-shaped at the tip, more like the brush of a fox than the curved tail of a dog, which is normally carried in an upright position rather than low down like that of a jackal, wolf, or fox.
    • Not a muzzle or a brush of a fox is to be seen.
  • 3 c 3.1 (act) I gave my hair/teeth a brush me cepillé el pelo/los dientes 3.2 (faint touch) roce (m) the brush of his lips el roce de sus labios
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    • Stepping closer to carefully wind it around her shoulders, the light brush of his fingers against her skin was enough to send a shiver through her.
    • She shut her eyes and wished Daiju and Suku were with her until she felt a light brush against her forehead.
    • The car kept interpreting the lightest brush of foot against pedal as an invitation to perform an emergency stop.
    3.3 (encounter) brush with sth/sb roce (m)con algo/algn I had a slight brush with the law tuve un pequeño roce or encontronazo con la justicia [familiar/colloquial] she has had several brushes with death ha visto la muerte de cerca en varias ocasiones

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There are 2 translations of brush in Spanish:



  • 1.1 (clean, groom) [jacket/hair/teeth] cepillar brush the pastry with some beaten egg pinte la masa con huevo batido
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    • Putting a brave face on it, I picked myself up, brushed myself down and carried on to school, buckled front wheel wobbling like a clown's car.
    • Standing up, she brushed herself down and looked to her left.
    • The Chief picked himself off the floor and brushed himself down.
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    • Keep your mouth clean by brushing your teeth at least four times a day (after meals and at bedtime).
    • She taught me about what her grooming needs would be, everything from cleaning her face to brushing her teeth.
    • I changed into a long t-shirt and clean underwear and then brushed my teeth, washed my face, and combed my hair.
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    • An Afro or wide-toothed comb is ideal for brushing tightly curled black hair.
    • Each evening, she sat in a chair on the balcony, brushing her long auburn hair while watching the sun set over the ocean.
    • She pulled her favourite hairbrush out of the top right-hand drawer and started brushing her long auburn hair.
    1.2 (sweep) he brushed the crumbs off the table quitó las migas de la mesa
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    • He carefully brushed dirt and grit away from the skeleton he was unearthing with a tiny, soft-haired brush.
    • ‘So far, we have found five skeletons in this pit,’ he added, carefully brushing the dirt from a left femur.
    • Desiree walked to one of the windows, and tried to brush the dust out of it.
    1.3 (touch lightly) rozar*
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    • Lexi patted Jordan's cheek lightly and then brushed past him, so she could make her way towards his room.
    • Lia tilted her head to the side, allowing his fingers to brush against her cheek, lightly.
    • I gently brushed past them and walked to the side of the stage.


  • to brush against sth/sb rozar* algo/a algn to brush with sth/sb [with law/authorities] tener* un roce or un encontronazo con algo/algn [familiar/colloquial] to brush with death ver* la muerte de cerca

Phrasal verbs

brush aside

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 (push to one side) [person/obstacle] apartar 1.2 (ignore, disregard) [objection/complaint/suggestion] hacer* caso omiso de; [criticism] no darle* importancia a, pasar por alto

brush down

v + o + adv, v + adv + o (BrE)

brush off

v + o + adv, v + adv + o 1.1 (clean off) [mud/hair] quitar (cepillando) 1.2 (dismiss, disregard) [advances/suggestions] no hacer* caso de, hacer* caso omiso de; [person] no hacerle* caso a 1.1v + adv [dirt/mark] salir*, quitarse (al cepillarlo)

brush past

v + prep + o
he brushed past her on his way out of the door la rozó al pasar cuando salía por la puerta

brush up

1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o [colloquial/familiar] darle* un repaso a 1.2v + adv to brush up on sth darle* un repaso a algo

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