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brush away

To remove something by applying a sweeping stroke to it or the surface it's on, typically with one's hand. A noun can be used between "brush" and "away" or after "away." I stood up and brushed the crumbs away from my shirt.
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brush something away (from something)

to remove something from something by brushing; to get dirt or crumbs off something by brushing. He brushed a bit of lint away from Tom's collar. She brushed away the crumbs from the table.
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he said, gulping down his sobs, and with both hands brushing away the tears that filled his eyes.
At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face.
You do not know the relief of brushing away a fly that has bitten you, nor the delight of eating delicious food, nor the satisfaction of drawing a long breath of fresh, pure air.
I turned from it with indifference, and brushing away the leaves from the tablet of the dead pagan restored to light the mocking words which, fresh from their long neglect, seemed to have a certain pathos.
One fist unclosed, and the open palm swept across his eyes as though brushing away cobwebs.
Gahan and Tara remained in the chamber to which Tasor had led them, the man brushing away the dust from a deep and comfortable bench where they might rest in comparative comfort.
The queen tendered her hand to Lord de Winter, who, kissing it respectfully, went out and traversed alone and unconducted those large, dark and deserted apartments, brushing away tears which, blase as he was by fifty years spent as a courtier, he could not withhold at the spectacle of royal distress so dignified, yet so intense.
Daniel Radcliffe is taking another important step to brushing away his Harry Potter association in the upcoming film Victor Frankenstein, and he and co-star James McAvoy also share a natter with the host.
1 Ensure your lips are in good condition before you start by brushing away dead skin using an old toothbrush.
You spend a good part of the day cleaning it, brushing away all the dust and collecting it in one corner to throw it out later.
New Delhi, Nov 9 (ANI): Brushing away the rumours about his selection as prime ministerial candidate by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), veteran party leader Lal Krishna Advani on Wednesday said that the party would decide on the candidate at the time of the elections.
7, brushing away the recent doldrums of domestic TDR market.
Keeping the bore slathered in solvent while brushing away the lead and copper is what the Combo-Clean does best.
Instead, we are to gently pry apart layers of rock, brushing away the debris and inspecting our work zone regularly so that we won't damage any fossil before we realize it's there.
When the paint was dry, they used sandpaper to rub away the paint outside the lines, again brushing away any dust.