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English definition of “brush sb/sth off”

brush sb/sth off

phrasal verb with brush     /brʌʃ/ verb
C1 to remove dust or dirt from someone or something by using your hands or a brush: He brushed the snow off his coat.Cleaning generallyPersonal hygiene and appearance - general words
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