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brushing

verb (1)
present participle of brush

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

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brushing

verb (2)
present participle of brush

Synonyms & Antonyms of brushing (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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“Brushing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/brushing. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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