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brush

noun uk   /brʌʃ/ us  

brush noun (TOOL)

A2 [C] an object with short pieces of stiff hair, plastic, or wire attached to a base or handle, used for cleaning, arranging your hair, or painting: I can't find my brush, but I still have my comb. You'll need a stiff brush to scrape off the rust. a clothes brush a scrubbing ( US scrub) brush a pastry brushA2 [C] used as a combining form: a hairbrush a toothbrush a paintbrushB2 [S] mainly UK an act of cleaning with a brush: These shoes need a good brush. Don't forget to give your hair a brush before you go out.
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brush noun (TOUCH)

[C usually singular] a quick, light touch: He felt the brush of her hand on his.a brush with sth a situation in which you experience something, or almost experience something, especially something unpleasant: Jim had a brush with death (= was nearly killed) on the motorway. Was that your first brush with the law (= experience of being in trouble with the police)?

brush noun (BUSHES)

[U] US small, low bushes or the rough land they grow on: We spotted a jackrabbit hidden in the brush. The dry weather has increased the risk of brush fires. [U] US →  brushwood

brush noun (TAIL)

[C] the tail of a fox

brush

verb uk   /brʌʃ/ us  

brush verb (TOUCH)

B2 [I + adv/prep, T] to touch (something) quickly and lightly or carelessly: Charlotte brushed against him (= touched him quickly and lightly with her arm or body) as she left the room. His lips gently brushed her cheek and he was gone.C1 [T + adv/prep] to move something somewhere using a brush or your hand: Jackie brushed the hair out of her eyes. He brushed away a tear. She stood up and brushed the wrinkles from her dress.
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brush verb (CLEAN)

A2 [T] to clean something or make something smooth with a brush: When did he last brush his teeth, she wondered. She brushed her hair with long, regular strokes. [+ obj + adj ] My trousers got covered in mud, but luckily I was able to brush them clean.
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