brush off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v brush off bar from attention or consideration "She dismissed his advances"
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Quotations

  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.”

Usage

In literature:

Brushing the fragments of manuscript off on to the floor he sat quickly down at the table.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
The horse was brushing off the flies with his tail.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
In fact, the little circus I had with Mr. Buck was what started Nigger off into the brush.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Standing on the deck beside his two unit-mates, Roger brushed himself off and smiled.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
Yours, I know it was said then, would cut off brush large enough for a hoop-hole.
"Obed Hussey" by Various
He had risen and was brushing the dust off his rusty black suit.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
She had a little dust on her, but I brushed it off.
"Six Little Bunkers at Aunt Jo's" by Laura Lee Hope
Will they always brush off?
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
Finally, Ann Mary sat down on the front door-step, after she had brushed off the snow a little.
"Young Lucretia and Other Stories" by Mary E. Wilkins
Before midnight he had rejoined his band, while far off on the prairie was a lone cowboy moodily frying bacon over a sage-brush fire.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
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In poetry:

I used to do so many things,--
Love thee and chide thee and caress;
Brush little straws from off thy way,
Tempering with my poor tenderness
The heat of thy short day.
"Commissioned" by Susan Coolidge
"And by him Palomydes, helmet off,
He fought, his face brush'd by his hair,
Red heavy swinging hair; he fear'd a scoff
So overmuch, though what true knight would dare
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
O take it off! make no delay;
But brush me with Thy light that I May shine unto a perfect day,
And warm me at Thy glorious eye!
O take it off, or till it flee,
Though with no lily, stay with me!
"Cock-Crowing" by Henry Vaughan
I was still but a springald when, cleaving the Alps,
I brushed snowy periwigs off granitic scalps,
And my head, o'er the pinnacles, stopped the fleet clouds,
Where I captured the eagles and caged them by crowds.
"The Giant In Glee" by Victor Marie Hugo
"Pore thing!"
Floretty sighed, and with the turkey-wing
Brushed off the stove-hearth softly, and peered in
The kettle of molasses, with her thin
Voice wandering into song unconsciously--
In purest, if most witless, sympathy.--
"The Hired Man And Floretty" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Brush fire no longer burning off Interstate 95.
A large brush fire is burns at the mouth of Ogden Canyon off 12th Street.
When the brush begins to empty, recharge the brush and land it in the dry area just ahead of where you left off (Photo 7).
With Tour de France a day away, Armstrong brushing off Landis situation.
I srael's prime minister brushed off international uproar over a planned new settlement project near Jerusalem, claiming Thursday that Israel will keep the area under any future peace deal in any case.
BERLIN (AP) — Israel's prime minister brushed off international uproar over a planned new settlement project near Jerusalem, claiming Thursday that Israel will keep the area under any future peace deal in any case.
Steve Spurrier brushes off Death Valley mystique.
But being brave, I figured I'd politely brush Johnny off.
Brush sophomore Tristan Teter has returned to the mats after two years off and managed a spectacular takedown by pin in just 1:08 over Mountain Range wrestler Grant McConnell during a Saturday afternoon Brush Dual-Team Tournament at BHS.
But a new study from UCLA found that you shouldn't just brush them off.
Buffalo Bills give Toronto media the brush-off.
Owner Prince Robert of Luxembourg brushed off talk of 2010 prices, launching into tales of his early screenwriting career.
Many of the traits we brush off as just part of being a woman might actually be symptoms.
Jenny McCarthy brushes off new romance reports.
Chizik brushes off doubts regarding Tigers.
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