brush against (someone or something)

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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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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home, as he rode through a green copse, a hazel twig brushed against him, and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away; and when he got home he gave it to his daughter.
So here, again, had good fortune--the best of fortunes--stolen so near that her garments brushed against him; and he knew nothing of the matter.
Momentarily they expected to be pounced upon and torn asunder by some of their captors; and, in fact, it was all that Tarzan and Mugambi and Akut could do to keep the snarling, ill-natured brutes from snapping at the glistening, naked bodies that brushed against them now and then with the movements of the paddlers, whose very fear added incitement to the beasts.
The air was full of soft, gay music, and the skirts and flounces of the women brushed against him at every step.
The tall hollyhocks brushed against his knees; the air, as mild as springtime, was fragrant with the perfume of late roses.
As the third passed the gate, the kaross he wore brushed against me and slipped aside.
There was squealing, biting, kicking, and cursing as animals fouled one another with their loads, or brushed against some tethered war horse.
As they sat thus something brushed against Peter as light as a kiss, and stayed there, as if saying timidly, "Can I be of any use?
But, passing along a narrow path through a clump of cottonwoods, some object brushed against my legs and I stumbled and nearly fell.
When she was your pride, you would have thought I had done her harm if I had brushed against her in the street.
The child put out her hand and broke off a branch of wild plum that brushed against the side of the buggy.
He claimed he could have brushed against the victim accidentally.
A WOMAN who brushed against giant hogweed was in hospital for four days with fist-sized blisters on her leg.
However, customers complained of amounts being deducted when they accidentally brushed against the reader.