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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.
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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
References in classic literature ?
His oddness of speech, his gaucheries, his ignorances and nervousness had all been so lightly treated that they had been brushed away almost insensibly.
It was a tree-shadow flung by the moon, from whose face the clouds had been brushed away. Reassured, he whimpered softly; then he suppressed the whimper for fear that it might attract the attention of the lurking dangers.
She had looked at me in sweet speculation and then had accused me to my face of having "cried." I had supposed I had brushed away the ugly signs: but I could literally--for the time, at all events--rejoice, under this fathomless charity, that they had not entirely disappeared.
Pickwick by the leg, at imminent hazard of throwing him off his balance, brushed away at his boot till his corns were red-hot; while the other shampooed Mr.
Instead he had his unmasker by the throat ere the man's words had scarce quitted his lips, and hurling him from side to side brushed away those who would have swarmed upon him.
'and it's foolish to cry about it.' So she brushed away her tears, and went on as cheerfully as she could.
The rich and heavy festoons of cobweb, which it had cost a long ancestral succession of spiders their life's labor to spin and weave, had been carefully brushed away from the ceiling.
But he 'calmly brushed away her concerns' and said he had left his ID at the office.
"It will not be allowed to be brushed away and it will not be allowed to be washed away, because...
24 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday jocularly brushed away what he said was a 'little piece' of dandruff from 'perfect' French President Emmanuel Macron's shoulders to 'make him perfect'.
Ideally, one must wait for 30 minutes after eating, to allow any enamel that softened from acid during eating to re-harden and not get brushed away. Brush, holding the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to teeth, and use a slow, circular motion to remove plaque and food particles stuck between teeth.
The morning mist is brushed away as if by a divine hand to reveal a church blessed by sunshine under a glorious blue winter's sky.
He also brushed away a ' common perception' that the young generation is not interested in ' good songs'.
With that greenness brushed away, she got the hang of the game upon her return to the track and led briefly inside the final furlong before going down by a length and a quarter to Gold Flash.
A NORTH-east dental practice has brushed away national competition to be finalists for a string of awards at top industry awards ceremonies.