brush

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noun
ADJECTIVE
stiff, stiff-bristled

Scrub the wood thoroughly with water and a stiff brush.

fine, soft, soft-bristled
nylon, wire
clothes, hair (usually hairbrush), make-up, paint (usually paintbrush), pastry, scrub (AmE), scrubbing (BrE), shaving, toilet, tooth (usually toothbrush)
VERB + BRUSH
apply sth with

Apply the paint with a clean brush.

use, wield
run

She ran a brush through her hair.

dip

She took a can of paint and dipped her brush in it.

clean
BRUSH + NOUN
stroke

The artist has used tiny brush strokes.

PREPOSITION
with a/the brush

Remove all the rust with a wire brush.

PHRASES
a brush and comb, a comb and brush (AmE)
a dustpan and brush
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verb
1 clean with a brush
ADVERB
carefully, quickly, slowly
down

She hummed happily as she brushed down her coat.

back

Her hair was brushed back in a pony tail.

out

She brushed out her long hair.

PREPOSITION
at

Lucille brushed at the blood on his jacket.

PHRASES
brush sth clean
2 touch lightly
ADVERB
gently, lightly, softly
accidentally
barely
PREPOSITION
against

She carefully avoided brushing against the man sitting beside her.

by

She brushed by him and dashed up the stairs.

past

I hardly noticed the man who brushed past me in the corridor.

with

He brushed her lips with his.

Brush is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑hand, ↑lip
Brush is used with these nouns as the object: ↑bang, ↑cheek, ↑crumb, ↑curl, ↑dust, ↑hair, ↑horse, ↑pastry, ↑strand, ↑tear, ↑tooth

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Brush — (br[u^]sh), n. [OE. brusche, OF. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, F. brosse brush, LL. brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG. brusta, brust, bristle, G. borste bristle, b[ u]rste brush. See {Bristle}, n., and cf. {Browse}.] 1. An instrument composed of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brush — brush1 [brush] n. [ME brushe < OFr broce, brosse, bush, brushwood < VL * bruscia < Gmc * bruskaz, underbrush: for IE base see BREAST] 1. BRUSHWOOD ☆ 2. sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth 3. a) a device having… …   English World dictionary

  • Brush — bezeichnet: eine Kleinstadt im US Bundesstaat Colorado, siehe Brush (Colorado) Pinsel bzw. Pinselspitzen für Grafikprogramme, siehe Digitales Malen im Leveldesign von Computerspielen das Volumen, die Wände, Decken und andere räumliche Gebilde,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Brush — /brush/, n. Katharine, 1902 52, U.S. novelist and short story writer. * * * ▪ art       device composed of natural or synthetic fibres set into a handle that is used for cleaning, grooming, polishing, writing, or painting. Brushes were used by… …   Universalium

  • brush — brush·a·bil·i·ty; brush; brush·ite; brush·less; sage·brush; sage·brush·er; scratch·brush·er; brush·er; brush·man; …   English syllables

  • brush — vb Brush, graze, glance, shave, skim are comparable when they mean to touch lightly in passing. Brush implies a movement like the flick of a brush upon a surface: sometimes it suggests no more than an almost impalpable touching, but sometimes it… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brush|y — brush|y1 «BRUHSH ee», adjective, brush|i|er, brush|i|est. like a brush; rough and shaggy. ╂[< brush1 + y1] brush …   Useful english dictionary

  • brush-on — /brush on , awn /, adj. 1. fit to be applied with a brush: a brush on paint remover. n. 2. a substance that can be applied with a brush: The varnish dries more quickly than most brush ons. [adj., n. use of v. phrase brush on] * * * …   Universalium

  • brush — Ⅰ. brush [1] ► NOUN 1) an implement with a handle and a block of bristles, hair, or wire, used especially for cleaning, smoothing, or painting. 2) an act of brushing. 3) a slight and fleeting touch. 4) a brief encounter with something bad or… …   English terms dictionary

  • brush-on — /brush on , awn /, adj. 1. fit to be applied with a brush: a brush on paint remover. n. 2. a substance that can be applied with a brush: The varnish dries more quickly than most brush ons. [adj., n. use of v. phrase brush on] …   Useful english dictionary

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