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brush against (someone or something)

To pass by and lightly touch someone or something. Be sure not to brush against this wall while the paint is still drying. Did you see the beautiful woman who just brushed against me?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

brush (up) against someone or something

to touch someone or something lightly in passing. I brushed up against the freshly painted wall as I passed. I guess I brushed against Walter as I walked by.
See also: brush
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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One can see a pair face one another at the entrance close enough that visitors brush against them on the way in.
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