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1. To move something, as with a hairbrush or a brushing motion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "brush" and "back." I brushed back my bangs and secured them in place with a hair clip.
2. baseball To throw an inside pitch to force a batter to move away from home plate. A noun or pronoun can be used between "brush" and "back." The catcher called for an inside pitch to brush the batter back.
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1. To displace something with or as if with a brush: I brushed back my curly locks from in front of my eyes. Your hair looks better when you brush it back.
2. Baseball To force someone at bat to move away from the plate by throwing an inside pitch: Some pitchers try to brush back the batter on their first pitch. The pitcher decided to intimidate the batter and brushed him back.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.