To brush aside
Brush Brush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brushed} (br[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Brushing}.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See {Brush}, n.] 1. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. ``A' brushes his hat o' mornings.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To touch in passing, or to pass lightly over, as with a brush. [1913 Webster]

Some spread their sailes, some with strong oars sweep The waters smooth, and brush the buxom wave. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

Brushed with the kiss of rustling wings. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To remove or gather by brushing, or by an act like that of brushing, or by passing lightly over, as wind; -- commonly with off. [1913 Webster]

As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed With raven's feather from unwholesome fen. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And from the boughts brush off the evil dew. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{To brush aside}, to remove from one's way, as with a brush.

{To brush away}, to remove, as with a brush or brushing motion.

{To brush up}, to paint, or make clean or bright with a brush; to cleanse or improve; to renew. [1913 Webster]

You have commissioned me to paint your shop, and I have done my best to brush you up like your neighbors. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To brush up — Brush Brush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brushed} (br[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Brushing}.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See {Brush}, n.] 1. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • brush aside — (someone/something) to not give someone or something serious consideration. I saw this happen, and you can t just call me crazy and brush me aside. Her friends worried that she might be arrested, but Nancy confidently brushed aside their concerns …   New idioms dictionary

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  • brush aside — or brush away PHRASAL VERB If you brush aside or brush away an idea, remark, or feeling, you refuse to consider it because you think it is not important or useful, even though it may be. [V n P] Perhaps you shouldn t brush the idea aside too… …   English dictionary

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