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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 or pronoun can be used between "brush" and "away." I stood up and brushed the crumbs away from my shirt.
See also: away, brush
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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