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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 ?
"My God, I thank Thee!" he said, gulping down his sobs, and with both hands brushing away the tears that filled his eyes.
At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her: she gave a little scream, half of fright and half of anger, and tried to beat them off, and found herself lying on the bank, with her head in the lap of her sister, who was gently brushing away some dead leaves that had fluttered down from the trees upon her face.
"You do not know the relief of brushing away a fly that has bitten you, nor the delight of eating delicious food, nor the satisfaction of drawing a long breath of fresh, pure air.
I turned from it with indifference, and brushing away the leaves from the tablet of the dead pagan restored to light the mocking words which, fresh from their long neglect, seemed to have a certain pathos.
One fist unclosed, and the open palm swept across his eyes as though brushing away cobwebs.
Gahan and Tara remained in the chamber to which Tasor had led them, the man brushing away the dust from a deep and comfortable bench where they might rest in comparative comfort.
The queen tendered her hand to Lord de Winter, who, kissing it respectfully, went out and traversed alone and unconducted those large, dark and deserted apartments, brushing away tears which, blase as he was by fifty years spent as a courtier, he could not withhold at the spectacle of royal distress so dignified, yet so intense.
Wales forward Bale, who had only replaced Benzema minutes earlier, netted from the spot but barely celebrated, brushing away team-mates who tried to congratulate him.
WHEN she swept down the aisle of that medieval chapel to marry the Queen's grandson, Meghan Markle and her long lace veil seemed to be brushing away the cobwebs from the dusty old House of Windsor.
The gigantic waves sweeping out of the sea and crashing into the side of a high-rise building, brushing away the railings from concrete balconies.
'Ryu carefully and expertly transforms market-fresh ingredients into succulent classical French dishes, brushing away the cobwebs of tradition along the way,' said Michelin.
Daniel Radcliffe is taking another important step to brushing away his Harry Potter association in the upcoming film Victor Frankenstein, and he and co-star James McAvoy also share a natter with the host.
1 Ensure your lips are in good condition before you start by brushing away dead skin using an old toothbrush.
He has refined the habit of either feigning ignorance about Russian action or brushing away the consequences that his decisions may entail.
You spend a good part of the day cleaning it, brushing away all the dust and collecting it in one corner to throw it out later.You come back a few hours later only to find that the dust is still sitting in that corner, and in fact some has spread to the room again because it was never removed properly.That's exactly what happens when you fast all day, and your body does a great job at cleaning your body of toxins; but then your digestive system is too slow or stagnant to get rid of the toxins accumulated.