brush back

(redirected from brushed back)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to brushed back: brushed up
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

brush back

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.
See also: back, brush
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

brush back

v.
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.
See also: back, brush
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.
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
He is described as being about 30 to 35, 5ft 6ins, stocky build, slight tan, clean shaved, short black hair brushed back. Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0345 604 3043 or 0800 555111.
He has shoulder length, brushed back curly hair and a pale complexion.
John is white, heavily built, pale in complexion with short dark hair brushed back from his face.
The thief is described as white, in his early 20s, of slim build, around five feet five inches tall with smart brushed back black hair.
The man is described as white, in his 40s, 5ft 7in tall, with brushed back brown hair.
He has dark hair, brushed back, and is about 5ft 8in to 6ft 2in tall.
She was 5ft 4in, had untidy mousy hair which was brushed back and was spotty around the mouth and chin area.
``I suppose it must have been a surprise as I had my hair in that brushed back Teddy-boy style that John had gone back to wearing.
To a five-year-old,he was a giant of a man, with silver hair brushed back. He looked old to me even then.
We all got togged up in Chanel gear for the fashion snappers and posed beside giant wicker baskets of petals while the ``nose'' of Chanel, a dapper little gent with brushed back hair, did his stuff sniffing out the most fragrant petals.
Heather tipped water over her head in court but Shackleton, pictured left, just brushed back her hair and walked out.
The attacker is in his mid-20s, 5ft 8in, with a slim build and with mousey-coloured brushed back hair.
One of the men was white with a suntanned complexion, around 30 years old, 5ft 9in-10in tall, medium build with black hair cut short at the back and sides and brushed back on top with gel, a round face and clean shaven.
The first is aged 20 to 30, around 5ft 1in tall, with short, straight, dark brown hair brushed back. He is clean-shaven, slim, with a fresh complexion and speaks with a northern accent.
He described the man as having an Irish accent, white, with light brown short, brushed back hair, between 22 and 23 years, 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build, wearing a brown pullover and jeans.