brush aside

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brush aside

1. To move someone or something out of one's path. A noun can be used between "brush" and "aside" or after "aside." The man brushed us aside so that he could board the bus. I brushed aside the curtain and entered the room.
2. To casually, unexpectedly, or brusquely dismiss or ignore someone or something. A noun can be used between "brush" and "aside" or after "aside." I know they're young, but you can't just brush their questions aside—they deserve answers. I haven't heard back from that company, so I guess they're brushing aside my complaint.
See also: aside, brush

brush someone or something aside

 
1. Lit. to push or shove someone or something out of the way. Don't just brush me aside. I almost fell over. I brushed aside the branch, not realizing it was poison ivy.
2. Fig. to cast someone or something away; to rid oneself of someone or something; to ignore or dismiss someone or something. You must not brush this matter aside. The clerk brushed aside the old man and moved on to the next person in line.
See also: aside, brush

brush aside

Disregard, ignore, as in The teacher brushed aside our questions.
See also: aside, brush

brush aside

v.
1. To push or wave something or someone out of the way: I brushed aside the clutter and put my books on the desk. The police brushed the people aside to make way for the president.
2. To refuse to listen to someone or something; ignore someone or something: I continued to complain, but they brushed aside my protests. Whenever people try to bother me at a party, I just brush them aside.
See also: aside, brush
References in classic literature ?
Fyne brushed them aside, with the semi-conscious egoism of all safe, established, existences.
MORE than two-and-a-half million complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) are to be re-opened amid concerns that firms may have unfairly brushed them aside, the City regulator has announced.
MORE than two-and-a-half million complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) are to be reopened amid concerns that firms may have unfairly brushed them aside, the City regulator has announced.
Ellie had suffered from dizzy spells and palpitations for some time, but has always brushed them aside.
Although the "health minister", Edwina Hart having been asked in the Chamber by Andrew RT Davies to keep a close eye on the consultations in December, has so far refused to respond to our issues and has simply brushed them aside as "not her problem".
Flintoff has brushed them aside, however, and dismissed suggestions his workload was just too much.
But on this evidence their league position is not a false one as Bath brushed them aside, making the game safe by establishing a 23-6 interval advantage through tries from full-back Joe Maddock and centre Andrew Higgins, while prop Duncan Bell added a third late on.
Coventry Blaze made the perfect start to their play-off campaign, seeing off both Nottingham and LondonNottingham can reflect on a run of bad luck in yesterday's defeat, but were still weak as Coventry brushed them aside.
The news that Everton have dropped their interest in Dutch star Mark van Bommel after the midfielder brushed them aside as "not bigger than my current club PSV" will not have impressed Gravesen.
DIVISION Three Exeter had no answer as their Division Two opponents brushed them aside.
It wasn't the most quality field in the world, but there were some good horses in behind, and you'd have to say that he simply brushed them aside.
Also footprints of another lunar module shouldn't have been there because blast marks would have brushed them aside.
HUNDREDS of Irish hairdressers thought top 2FM DJ Gerry Ryan had brushed them aside when he left them high and dry.
And his need for reinforcements was plainly underlined at Anfield as Porto brushed them aside.