One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A brush with tough wire bristles for cleaning hard surfaces.
- ‘Clean away all old caulk and loose paint with a wire brush or rag.’
- ‘Before you store such tools for the off season, use a wire brush to remove surface rust and dirt.’
- ‘Use a paintbrush comb or small wire brush to clean the bristles.’
- ‘Steel wool and wire brushes should not be used to clean surfaces to be finished with water repellent preservatives since small iron deposits may be left behind.’
- ‘Your instincts are right about using a wire brush or pressure washer to clean the surface.’
- 1.1 A brush with wire strands, used on cymbals to produce a soft metallic sound.
- ‘Syd began to sing the words of the song into almost silence to a background of swishing wire brushes on a snare drum.’
with object Clean (something) with a wire brush.‘wire-brush the rusty areas until you expose bare metal’
- ‘For interiors, lightly wire-brush surfaces to take off loose debris.’
- ‘Before welding, however, the edges of sheets should be wire-brushed and degreased.’
- ‘Brush away loose mortar and broken block; remove dirt, grease, dust and other surface contaminants; wire-brush or sandblast old paint; use a quick-dry cement to patch cracks, holes and floor/wall joints.’
- ‘I have been power-washing them and wire-brushing them each year, but the problem returns in a very few months.’
- ‘If you act now, that minimal damage can probably be wire-brushed to remove the loose, flaking paint, primed to seal and protect the wood, and painted with a top quality paint.’
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