Definition of brush someone/something aside in US English:

brush someone/something aside

phrasal verb

  • Dismiss someone or something curtly and confidently.

    ‘people brushed aside the possibility of imminent war’
    • ‘She had taken her prospectus to a colleague, but he dismissed the idea, brushing it aside with ‘the industry is too broad.’’
    • ‘I brushed the idea aside and tried to forget about it.’
    • ‘Leila brushed his words aside with a light laugh.’
    • ‘That mindset makes it easy to ignore the facts or brush them aside because ‘the facts ‘aren't really facts, at least not as most of us understand them.’
    • ‘She took a moment to reflect on what she must look like, and did a mental shrug, brushing the subject aside.’
    • ‘The girl laughed, brushing the mild insult aside.’
    • ‘I brushed the thought aside and ignored the feeling in my stomach.’
    • ‘The ‘because I say so’ attitude of old seems to be disappearing - largely because street-wise, confident children are brushing it aside, demanding to be given the rationale behind requests.’
    • ‘Sure, one can have an opinion, but it can be brushed aside, shrugged off - it's just your point of view, after all.’
    • ‘In fact I brushed it aside with the merest of shrugs and am tentatively starting to believe that I may actually finish this house before I retire, if that isn't too daringly optimistic.’
    disregard, ignore, dismiss, shrug off, pass over, put aside, sweep aside, wave aside
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