Synonyms of brush
1 broomDictionary • Scrub lightly with a brush, then rinse.
3 conflictDictionary • It is his third brush with the law in less than a year.
conflict • The National Security Council has met to discuss ways of preventing a military conflict.
fight • He got a bloody nose in a fight.
clash • There are reports of clashes between militants and the security forces in the city.
set-to (informal) • a bit of a set-to between Smith and his record company
scrap (informal) • He has never been one to avoid a scrap.
skirmish • Border skirmishes are common.
tussle • The referee booked him for a tussle with the goalie.
fracas • In the ensuing fracas many were killed.
spot of bother (informal)
4 encounterDictionary • the trauma of a brush with death
encounter • an encounter with a remarkable man
meeting • Thirty-seven years after our first meeting I was back in his studio.
confrontation • This issue could lead to a military confrontation.
rendezvous • I had decided to keep my rendezvous with him.
1 cleanDictionary • Have you brushed your teeth?
clean • Her father cleaned his glasses with a paper napkin.
wash • He got a job washing dishes in a pizza parlour.
polish • Every morning he polished his shoes.
scrub • The corridors are scrubbed clean.
buff • He was already buffing the car's hubs.
2 coatDictionary • Brush with melted butter.
coat • Coat the fish with seasoned flour.
cover • She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
paint • They painted the walls yellow.
3 touchDictionary • I felt her hair brushing the back of my shoulder.
touch • Her tiny hand gently touched my face.
come into contact with
sweep • She was in the kitchen sweeping the floor.
kiss • The wheels of the aircraft kissed the runway.
flick • She flicked a speck of fluff from her sleeve.
scrape • She went round the car scraping the frost off the windows.
graze • A bullet had grazed his arm.
caress • They kissed and caressed one another.
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ brush someone off
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buffIf you buff the surface of something, for example your car or your shoes, you rub it with a piece of soft material in order to make it shine.
• He was already buffing the car's hubs.
caressIf you caress someone, you stroke them gently and affectionately.
• They kissed and caressed one another.
• There are reports of clashes between militants and the security forces in the city.
Thesaurus for brush from the Collins English Thesaurus
a device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc
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