(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. thicket, scrub, shrubbery; broom. —v. sweep; graze. See cleanness, roughness, touch, painting, contention.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A brushing instrument] Common types of brushes include: bristle, fiber, wire, nail, clothes, camel's hair, hydraulic, rotary, paint, tooth, scrubbing, bottle, floor, hair, bath, dust; see also broom , mop .
2. [A touch]
Syn. rub, tap, stroke, graze; see touch 2 .
3. [A light encounter]
Syn. skirmish, scrap, patrol action; see battle 1 , fight 1 .
4. [Underbrush]
Syn. thicket, boscage, undergrowth, second growth, chaparral, cover, brushwood, shrubbery, canebrake, grove, hedge, underwood, gorse, bracken, sedge, scrub, copse, coppice, spinney, dingle, brake; see also bush 1 .
5. [*The act of ignoring]
Syn. cut, slight, rebuff, brushoff*; see insult , rudeness .
1. [To clean by brushing]
Syn. sweep, whisk, wipe; see clean .
2. [To touch lightly]
Syn. stroke, smooth, graze; see touch .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
1. broom whisk, besom, duster.
2. touch sweep, stroke, scrape.
3. confrontation clash, encounter, run-in, skirmish, tussle.
4. bush scrub, thicket, undergrowth, shrubs, coppice, brake, bramble, brier, bracken.
1. sweep scrub, whisk, wash, wipe, buff, paint, scuff, dust off.
2. touch sweep, stroke, scrape, glance, graze, caress, tickle.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make light and momentary contact with, as in passing: flick, graze, kiss, shave, skim. See TOUCH.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Light and momentary contact with another person or thing: flick, graze, skim. See TOUCH.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A brief, hostile exposure to or contact with something such as danger or opposition: clash, encounter, run-in, skirmish. See TOUCH.

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