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  1. (noun) A device consisting of bristles fastened into a handle, used in scrubbing, polishing, or painting.
  2. (noun) The act of using this device.
  3. (noun) A light touch in passing; a graze.
  4. (noun) An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous: a brush with the law; a brush with death.
  5. (noun) A bushy tail: the brush of a fox.
  6. (noun) A sliding connection completing a circuit between a fixed and a moving conductor.
  7. (noun) A snub; a brushoff.
  8. (verb-transitive) To clean, polish, or groom with a brush.
  9. (verb-transitive) To apply with or as if with motions of a brush.
  10. (verb-transitive) To remove with or as if with motions of a brush.
  11. (verb-transitive) To dismiss abruptly or curtly: brushed the matter aside; brushed an old friend off.
  12. (verb-transitive) To touch lightly in passing; graze against.
  13. (verb-intransitive) To use or apply a brush.
  14. (verb-intransitive) To move past something so as to touch it lightly.
  15. (phrasal-verb) brush back Baseball To force (a batter) to move away from the plate by throwing an inside pitch.
  16. (phrasal-verb) brush up To refresh one's memory.
  17. (phrasal-verb) brush up To renew a skill.
  18. (noun) A dense growth of bushes or shrubs.
  19. (noun) Land covered by such a growth.
  20. (noun) Cut or broken branches.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. Lemme brush it awf. *brush brush, brush brush* It doan’t kum awf. - in teh Beginning, ceilin cat - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?
  2. His gilding is one part gold to eleven other parts of brass and rubbish, and it has been laid on him with a brush -- a brush -- pah! of course he will be as black as a crock in a few years 'time, whilst I am as bright as when I first was made, and, unless I am burnt as my Cordova burnt its heretics, I shall shine on forever. " - Famous Stories Every Child Should Know
  3. A few days before their arrival, Nelson had had what he called a brush with the enemy. - The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
  4. Restoring his own handle reassuringly to the recharger, he scrounged a manual brush from the medicine cabinet. - Excerpt: So Much for That by Lionel Shriver
  5. This little is, however, quite sufficient to make the hair shine without being enough to damage the hair in any way, provided that the brush is used enough. - How I Take Care Of My Hair | Edwardian Promenade

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