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brush aside

1. To move someone or something out of one's path. A noun can be used between "brush" and "aside" or after "aside." The man brushed us aside so that he could board the bus. I brushed aside the curtain and entered the room.
2. To casually, unexpectedly, or brusquely dismiss or ignore someone or something. A noun can be used between "brush" and "aside" or after "aside." I know they're young, but you can't just brush their questions aside—they deserve answers. I haven't heard back from that company, so I guess they're brushing aside my complaint.
See also: aside, brush

brush someone or something aside

 
1. Lit. to push or shove someone or something out of the way. Don't just brush me aside. I almost fell over. I brushed aside the branch, not realizing it was poison ivy.
2. Fig. to cast someone or something away; to rid oneself of someone or something; to ignore or dismiss someone or something. You must not brush this matter aside. The clerk brushed aside the old man and moved on to the next person in line.
See also: aside, brush

brush aside

Disregard, ignore, as in The teacher brushed aside our questions.
See also: aside, brush

brush aside

v.
1. To push or wave something or someone out of the way: I brushed aside the clutter and put my books on the desk. The police brushed the people aside to make way for the president.
2. To refuse to listen to someone or something; ignore someone or something: I continued to complain, but they brushed aside my protests. Whenever people try to bother me at a party, I just brush them aside.
See also: aside, brush
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Melbourne [Australia], Jan 22 ( ANI ): World number three Roger Federer booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after brushing aside Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in straight sets here on Monday.
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Brushing aside Democratic requests that he force the Republicans to put forward their own budget proposal, Clinton urged negotiators to conclude an agreement ``sooner rather than later.
HAVING spent much of his first season brushing aside older and supposedly wiser players, Everton's Wayne Rooney was given a dose of his own medicine yesterday.
The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Alan Greenspan to a third term as chairman of the Federal Reserve on Thursday, brushing aside arguments from a few Democrats that he had held back economic growth by focusing too narrowly on fighting inflation.
I am sure that I will be victorious,'' Yeltsin declared in brushing aside a question about his leading opponent, Communist Party candidate Gennady Zyuganov.
Brushing aside complaints by civil libertarians, the House gave final congressional approval Thursday to a bill that combats foreign terrorism and sharply limits prisoners' appeals.