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|Origin:||Early French broisse, from Old French broce ( BRUSH12); probably because branches from bushes and trees were used to make brushes.|
|Origin:||broce 'broken branches, brushwood'|
an object that you use for cleaning, painting, making your hair tidy etc, made with a lot of hairs, bristles, or thin pieces of plastic fastened to a handle [↪ broom]: ➔ hairbrush, nailbrush, paintbrush, toothbrush
object for cleaning/painting[countable]DT
a scrubbing brush
small bushes and trees that cover an area of land
branches that have broken off bushes and trees
a movement in which you brush something to remove dirt, make something smooth, tidy etc:
I'll just give my hair a quick brush.
a quick light touch, made by chance when two things or people pass each other:
the brush of her silk dress as she walked past
a time when you only just avoid an unpleasant situation or argument
A brush with death can make you appreciate life more.
the tail of a fox