- 1 1.1 (for cleaning) to be (as) daft as a brush (British English) [colloquial]ser un boboser un tonto del bote (Spain) [colloquial]Example sentences1.2 (for hair) 1.3
also: paintbrush(large)to be tarred with the same brush [colloquial]1.4 (for drums)estar cortados por la misma tijera or por el mismo patrónExample sentences1.5 (contact)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (of fox)Example sentences
- 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 3.1 (act) See examples: I gave my hair/teeth a brush3.2 (faint touch) the brush of his lipsme cepillé el pelo/los dientesel roce de sus labiosExample sentences3.3 (encounter) See examples:brush
- 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.
withsomething/somebodyI had a slight brush with the lawroce (masculine) conalgo/alguienshe has had several brushes with deathtuve un pequeño roce or encontronazo con la justicia [colloquial]ha visto la muerte de cerca en varias ocasiones
- 1.1 (clean, groom)(jacket/hair/teeth)brush the pastry with some beaten egg1.2 (sweep) See examples: he brushed the crumbs off the tablepinte la masa con huevo batidoquitó las migas de la mesaExample sentences1.3 (touch lightly)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1.1 (push to one side)
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (clean off)
- he brushed past her on his way out of the door
- 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object [colloquial]
- uncountable 1.1 (scrub)Example sentences1.2 (cut branches)
- A witness had saw a suspect throwing a flaming device from the side of the road into the brush here, which caught fire.
- The brush in southern California looks as if it will burn: It's dry and creepy.
- Ray climbed down the tree and looked around in the brush, without any luck.
- Gwyn managed to make a warm fire out of a pathetic pile of dry sticks and brush.
- Build a brush pile near your feeder to make sparrows, towhees, and other shy birds feel more at home, but be sure it won't harbor roaming cats.
- A Cook County Forest Preserve District representative last week said brush pile fires, set to dispose of chopped trees and buckthorn, and prescribed burns pose no threat to the public.
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