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noun brush pronunciation in British English /brʌʃ/
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  1. 2
    [singular] an instance of making something clean or tidy using a brush
    give something a brush: I’ll give my teeth a brush before we leave.
  2. 3
    [singular] a very gentle movement against something
    the brush of his hand against her arm
  3. 4
    [countable] a short experience of a dangerous or unpleasant situation
    brush with: He’d had a few brushes with the law, but nothing serious.
    We’d had a brush with death that left us terrified.
    1. a.
      a short argument or minor disagreement with someone
      He turned out to be the man she’d had the brush with when she first arrived.
  4. 6
    [uncountable] mainly American an area of land with small trees and bushes growing on it
    The deer disappeared into the brush.
    a brush fire
    1. a.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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