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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.
See also: away, brush

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.
See also: away, brush
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Gather a magnifying glass, a jar with a lid, a pencil, a notebook, newspaper, a ruler, a flashlight, a garden trowel and gloves, a flat tray, and a brush to gently brush away the dirt.
70,000-square-mile service territory from Eureka to Bakersfield -- Clearing brush away from 120,000 distribution poles -- Inspection of 90,000 miles of overhead power lines -- Testing approximately 250,000 wooden distribution poles -- Replacement or reinforcement of 20,000 distribution poles
The first sad year is over mam without you by our side, many times we've needed you, many times we've cried, the tears in our eyes we can't brush away, the ache in our heart is here to stay.
The bulldozers moved in some time ago to brush away the old and usher in the new.
A This is your own choice - just make sure you brush away all the plaque as part of your regular routine.
Sydney, Mar 5 (ANI): Bedridden Oprah Winfrey has taken to Twitter to brush away rumours that that she's planning to host a live show in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
It felt good to brush away the cobwebs and get back in the car - I felt at home straight away.
Rake up fallen leaves and to prevent weed seeds getting a hold, brush away any worm casts that appear on the surface.
Get a clean 1in painting brush, close the blind and brush away the dust on both sides.
Fire officials advised property owners to make sure to clear dry grass and brush away from buildings, which gives firefighters a spot to make a stand when flames are approaching.
He was annoyed, though, that referee Grant Hegley, who made several pitch inspections and had asked the Plainmoor groundstaff to try to brush away standing water, delayed the decision to call off the game when a few hundred fans were already in their seats.
You deflect the ants from your path, thinking how one could brush away success like a harmless nuisance.
London, Aug 18 (ANI): Rocker David Bowie has taken to his website to brush away rumours of his reported collaboration with Lady Gaga.