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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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It had been there quite a long time, and when I found it, I not only had to cut a bunch of brush away from it, I also had to kill a Copperhead snake in excess of 3 feet to get to it.
Wait an hour and then vacuum or brush away the salt.
This is the first step in a great "calculation" by Robert Kennedy that Steel introduces as follows: "Bobby had to transmute his brother, brush away his failures and omissions, and create a legend based on expectation.
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.
The new brush features revolutionary dual-action Flossing Bristles[TM] that are micro-thin at the tip to reach and brush away food and biofilm in areas normally missed by other toothbrushes.
Scientists would no doubt argue that with the lighter evenings and a few days at home it's only natural that we would want to get moving and brush away the cobwebs.
However, with a tournament on the doorstep, Constable is trying to brush away the cobwebs in time for the event.
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.