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1. an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc.
2. one of a pair of devices consisting of long, thin handles with wire bristles attached, used in jazz or dance bands for keeping a soft, rhythmic beat on the trap drums or the cymbals.
3. the bushy tail of an animal, esp. of a fox.
a. a conductor, often made of carbon or copper or a combination of the two, serving to maintain electric contact between stationary and moving parts of a machine, generator, or other apparatus.
b. See brush discharge.
5. a feathery or hairy tuft or tassel, as on the tip of a kernel of grain or on a man's hat.
6. an act or instance of brushing; application of a brush.
7. a light, stroking touch.
8. a brief encounter: He has already had one brush with the law.
9. a close approach, esp. to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster.
10. get the brush, to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush.
11. give the brush, to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.
1. to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
2. to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over: His lips brushed her ear.
3. to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: His hand brushed a speck of lint from his coat.
1. to move or skim with a slight contact.
2. brush aside, to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside.
3. brush off, to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before.
4. brush up on, to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis. Also,brush up.
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1. a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket.
2. a pile or covering of lopped or broken branches; brushwood.
3. bushes and low trees growing in thick profusion, esp. close to the ground.
4. Also called brushland. land or an area covered with thickly growing bushes and low trees.
5. backwoods; a sparsely settled wooded region.
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Katharine, 1902–52, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.