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wire brush Line breaks: wire brush

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Definition of wire brush in English:


1A brush with tough wire bristles for cleaning hard surfaces.
Example sentences
  • Use a paintbrush comb or small wire brush to clean the bristles.
  • Before you store such tools for the off season, use a wire brush to remove surface rust and dirt.
  • Your instincts are right about using a wire brush or pressure washer to clean the surface.
1.1A brush with wire strands, used on cymbals to produce a soft metallic sound.
Example sentences
  • Syd began to sing the words of the song into almost silence to a background of swishing wire brushes on a snare drum.


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(wire-brush) [with object] Clean (something) with a wire brush: wire-brush the rusty areas until you expose bare metal
More example sentences
  • I have been power-washing them and wire-brushing them each year, but the problem returns in a very few months.
  • For interiors, lightly wire-brush surfaces to take off loose debris.
  • If you act now, that minimal damage can probably be wire-brushed to remove the loose, flaking paint, primed to seal and protect the wood, and painted with a top quality paint.
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