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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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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References in classic literature ?
When she was your pride, you would have thought I had done her harm if I had brushed against her in the street.
Crawling into the smoke filled kitchen, he brushed against her feet.
The mother said the boy brushed against her cigarette, and the burns were an accident.
But he ignored the advice and brushed against her as he clambered on to a platform.
An elderly woman in Bon Marche, in Queens Road, found that her money and house keys had been stolen after a couple brushed against her.
He had been told by officials to stay five yards behind, but ignored the advice and brushed against her.