Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRUSHING ASIDE

Kinton ran at the Tepoktans, brushing aside the concerned Klaft.

Then, with a scowl, brushing aside a bevy of children, he rushed back to his office.

But, brushing aside their protests, he sought out ever new activities.

He stopped short, brushing aside the weeds with his walking-cane.

She looked up apprehensively, brushing aside these thoughts with annoyance.

Then she went straight to the subject-matter of her errand, brushing aside the small passage at arms as if it had not been.

He had this irritating way of brushing aside generalization and forcing the speaker to get back to first principles.

He elbowed his way through the crowds, deaf to all congratulations, brushing aside the hands that were proferred to him.

The Austrian forces advanced westward from the Venetian strongholds, and, brushing aside all resistance, entered Piedmont.

"Mrs. Dallow will send for you—vous allez voir ça," he said in a moment, brushing aside all vagueness.

WORD ORIGIN

"dust-sweeper, a brush for sweeping," late 14c., also, c.1400, "brushwood, brushes;" from Old French broisse (Modern French brosse) "a brush" (13c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscia "a bunch of new shoots" (used to sweep away dust), perhaps from Proto-Germanic *bruskaz "underbrush."

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.