The roomer in 5-B brushed past him, carrying an ungainly bundle under one arm.
He was injured—kinda, sorta, barely—and he brushed it aside.
I was going over here [points to a piece of equipment], and I felt like I brushed my arm.
He only brushed a flower so lightly with his fingertips that he did not disturb as much as a petal.
Each jacket was brushed with a print or decorated with embroidery down a single sleeve or along one side of the body.
Ignoring the brass, he turned to her and brushed his lips across hers.
I did—brushed the face in one day from memory; it was the very man!
Suddenly she brushed her hand across her eyesit was then that Virginias transformation took place.
So, throwing it from him, he brushed the crumbs from his jerkin.
The snow under our bed furs, which had a similar origin, was brushed out now and then.
"dust-sweeper, a brush for sweeping," late 14c., also, c.1400, "brushwood, brushes;" from Old French broisse (Modern French brosse) "a brush" (13c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscia "a bunch of new shoots" (used to sweep away dust), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *bruskaz "underbrush."
"shrubbery," early 14c., from Anglo-French bruce "brushwood," Old North French broche, Old French broce "bush, thicket, undergrowth" (12c., Modern French brosse), from Gallo-Romance *brocia, perhaps from *brucus "heather," or possibly from the same source as brush (n.1).
late 15c., "to clean or rub (clothing) with a brush," also (mid-15c.) "to beat with a brush," from brush (n.1). Related: Brushed; brushing. To brush off someone or something, "rebuff, dismiss," is from 1941.
"move briskly" especially past or against something or someone, 1670s, from earlier sense (c.1400) "to hasten, rush," probably from brush (n.2), on the notion of a horse, etc., passing through dense undergrowth (cf. Old French brosser "travel (through woods)," and Middle English noun brush "charge, onslaught, encounter," mid-14c.), but brush (n.1) probably has contributed something to it as well. Related: Brushed; brushing.