Synonyms of brush in English

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brush1


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noun

1‘a dustpan and brush’

SYNONYMS
broom, sweeper, besom, whisk, sweeping brush
hairbrush, clothes brush, scrubbing brush, toothbrush, paintbrush

2‘he gave the seat a brush with the back of his hand’

SYNONYMS
clean, sweep, wipe, dust, mop

3‘a fox's brush’

SYNONYMS
tail, tailpiece
scut, dock

4‘Luke had said goodbye with no more than the lightest brush of his lips against her cheek’

SYNONYMS
touch, stroke, skim, graze, glance, rub, shave, pat, nudge, contact
kiss
informal swipe

5‘a brush with the law’

SYNONYMS
encounter, clash, confrontation, collision, conflict
altercation, skirmish, wrangle, scuffle, tussle, fight, battle, engagement, feud, quarrel, incident, to-do
informal run-in, scrap, set-to, argy-bargy
British informal spot of bother
British informal afters

verb

1‘he spent most of his day brushing the floors’

SYNONYMS
sweep, clean, buff, scrub

2‘she brushed her long auburn hair’

SYNONYMS
groom, comb, neaten, tidy, make neat, make tidy, smarten, smooth, arrange, fix, adjust, preen, primp, do, titivate
curry

3‘she felt his lips lightly brush against her cheek’

SYNONYMS
touch, stroke, caress, skim, sweep, graze, shave, glance, contact, flick, scrape
kiss

4‘she brushed a wisp of hair away from her face’

SYNONYMS
push, move, sweep, clear, clean, remove

Synonyms of brush in English

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brush2


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noun

1‘a haven of open spaces and thick brush’

SYNONYMS
undergrowth, underwood, scrub, scrubland, brushwood, bracken, bushes
wood, thicket, copse
North American underbrush, chaparral
rare boscage

Phrases

    brush something aside

    ‘she brushed aside his repeated warnings’


    SYNONYMS

    disregard, ignore, dismiss, shrug off, pass over, put aside, sweep aside, wave aside

    overlook, pay no attention to, take no notice of, refuse to acknowledge, neglect, think no more of, forget about, have no time for, shut one's eyes to, turn a blind eye to, turn a deaf ear to

    reject, spurn, flout

    scoff at, laugh off, make light of, trivialize, belittle, minimize

    informal

    play down, pooh-pooh, cock a snook at

    brush up (on)

    ‘I've been brushing up on my Italian’


    SYNONYMS

    revise, read up, go over, refresh one's memory of, relearn, cram, study, learn

    improve, sharpen, sharpen up, polish up, better, enhance

    hone, refine, fine-tune, perfect

    informal

    rub up, bone up

    British informal

    swot up, swot up on, gen up on

    brush someone off

    ‘he scrambled up to help her, but she brushed him off’


    SYNONYMS

    rebuff, dismiss, spurn, reject, repudiate, refuse, disown, slight, deny, scorn, disdain

    ignore, disregard, snub, cut, cut dead, turn one's back on, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, look right through, freeze out

    jilt, cast aside, discard, throw over, send off, send away, send packing, drop, leave

    informal

    knock back, give the brush-off, give the heave-ho, give someone their marching orders, give someone their walking papers, tell someone to get lost

    British informal

    give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off

    North American informal

    give someone the air

    archaic

    forsake