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brush 1

American English: /brəʃ/
British English: /brʌʃ/


  • 1 1.1 (for cleaning) to be (as) daft as a brush (British) [colloquial]
    ser un bobo
    ser un tonto del bote (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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) 1.3
    also: paintbrush
    to be tarred with the same brush [colloquial]
    estar cortados por la misma tijera or por el mismo patrón
    1.4 (for drums)
    Example sentences
    • 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)
    Example sentences
    • 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) I gave my hair/teeth a brush
    me cepillé el pelo/los dientes
    3.2 (faint touch) the brush of his lips
    el roce de sus labios
    Example sentences
    • 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 something/somebody
    roce (masculine) con algo/alguien
    I had a slight brush with the law
    tuve un pequeño roce or encontronazo con la justicia [colloquial]
    she has had several brushes with death
    ha visto la muerte de cerca en varias ocasiones

transitive verb

  • 1 (clean, groom)
    brush the pastry with some beaten egg
    pinte la masa con huevo batido
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (sweep) he brushed the crumbs off the table
    quitó las migas de la mesa
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 3 (touch lightly)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb

  • to brush against something/somebody
    rozar algo/a alguien
    to brush with something/somebody
    (with law/authorities)
    tener un roce or un encontronazo con algo/alguien [colloquial]
    to brush with death
    ver la muerte de cerca

Phrasal verbs

brush aside

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (push to one side)
2 (ignore, disregard)
hacer caso omiso de
no darle importancia a
pasar por alto

brush down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (British)

brush off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (clean off)
quitar (cepillando)
1.2 (dismiss, disregard)
no hacer caso de
hacer caso omiso de
no hacerle caso a
2verb + adverb
quitarse (al cepillarlo)

brush past

verb + preposition + object
he brushed past her on his way out of the door
la rozó al pasar cuando salía por la puerta

brush up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object [colloquial]
darle un repaso a
2verb + adverbto brush up on something
darle un repaso a algo
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brush 2

American English: /brəʃ/
British English: /brʌʃ/


  • 1 (scrub)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (cut branches)
    Example sentences
    • 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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