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brushes

noun
plural of brush

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a brief clash between enemies or rivals
  • the two advance parties had a brush, but no one was wounded

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brushes

verb (1)
present tense third-person singular of brush

Synonyms & Antonyms of brushes (Entry 2 of 3)

to move or proceed smoothly and readily
  • a pop star brushing past a crowd of autograph seekers

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brushes

verb (2)
present tense third-person singular of brush

Synonyms & Antonyms of brushes (Entry 3 of 3)

to pass lightly across or touch gently especially in passing
  • spiderwebs brushed her cheek as she walked through the basement

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“Brushes.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/brushes. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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