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brush 1

a. An implement typically consisting of bristles fastened into a handle, used in scrubbing, polishing, grooming, or applying a liquid.
b. The act of using this implement.
a. A sweeping stroke of the hand, as in removing something.
b. A light touch in passing; a graze.
c. An instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous: a brush with the law; a brush with death.
3. A bushy tail: the brush of a fox.
4. A sliding connection completing a circuit between a fixed and a moving conductor.
5. A snub; a brushoff.
v. brushed, brush·ing, brush·es
a. To clean, polish, or groom with a brush: brush one's teeth; brush the dog's coat.
b. To apply with a brush: brushed shellac onto the wood.
c. To remove with a brush or with sweeping strokes: brushed dirt from his pants.
2. To touch lightly in passing; graze against.
1. To use a brush.
2. To make sweeping strokes with the hand.
3. To touch something lightly in moving past.
Phrasal Verbs:
brush aside/off
To dismiss abruptly or curtly: brushed the matter aside; brushed an old friend off.
brush back Baseball
To force (a batter) to move away from the plate by throwing an inside pitch.
brush up
To refresh one's memory or renew one's skill regarding (something).

[Middle English brushe, twigs used as a broom or a brush to clean, painter's brush, from Old French brosse, brushwood, brush; see brush2.]

brush′er n.
brush′y adj.
Synonyms: brush1, glance1, graze2, shave, skim
These verbs mean to make light contact with something in passing: Her arm brushed mine. His fist glanced his opponent's chin. The keel grazed bottom in the shallow water. The front tire shaved the curb. The oars skimmed the pond's surface.

brush 2

a. Dense vegetation consisting of shrubs or small trees.
b. Land covered by such a growth.
2. Cut or broken branches.

[Middle English brushe, from Old French brosse, brushwood, from Vulgar Latin *bruscia, perhaps from Latin bruscum, knot on a maple.]

brush′y adj.
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adj, brushier or brushiest
like a brush; thick and furry


adj, brushier or brushiest
(Horticulture) covered or overgrown with brush
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(ˈbrʌʃ i)

adj. brush•i•er, brush•i•est.
resembling a brush, esp. in roughness or shagginess.


(ˈbrʌʃ i)

adj. brush•i•er, brush•i•est.
covered or overgrown with brush or brushwood.
brush′i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.brushy - covered with or consisting of bushes or thickets; "brushy undergrowth"; "`bosky' is a literary term"; "a bosky park leading to a modest yet majestic plaza"- Jack Beatty
wooded - covered with growing trees and bushes etc; "wooded land"; "a heavily wooded tract"
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Those include using the buddy system and having at least one friend alongside when walking at night; staying in lighted areas as much as possible; and avoiding brushy areas, alleys or other places where attackers can hide.
I found a funnel to a crease between two open brushy fields with two primary exit routes into the next patch of woods.
Taking note of the wind--a slight breeze drifting from the brushy draw to the knoll--and, being careful not to skyline myself, I crawled to the crest of the knoll and rapidly got into position with a low bush my back.
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