a/(one's) brush with (something)

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a/(one's) brush with (something)

1. To have a brief encounter with something, especially that which could be harmful. We had a brush with a mountain lion in our yard this morning. Tom's brush with the cops yesterday has left him really rattled. I had a brush with death when I was in that car accident.
2. To have a brief or fleeting experience of something, especially that which is very positive or enjoyable. My one brush with fame came after my second novel became a surprise bestseller. It was over pretty quickly though, as the rest of my books have never sold as well. I'm just happy to have had a brush with true love, even if was over all too soon.
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brush

n. an encounter; a close shave. My brush with the bear was so close I could smell its breath—which was vile, I might add.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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