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noun brush pronunciation in American English /brʌʃ/
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singularbrush
pluralbrushes
  1. 2
    [singular] a very gentle movement against something
    the brush of his hand against her arm
  2. 3
    [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.
  3. 4
    [countable] the tail of a fox
  4. 5
    [uncountable] an area of land with small trees and bushes growing on it
    The deer disappeared into the brush.
    a brush fire
    1. a.
      brushwood
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  5. 6
    [singular] an instance of making something clean or neat using a brush
    give something a brush: I’ll give my teeth a brush before we leave.

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