brush aside

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brush aside (third-person singular simple present brushes aside, present participle brushing aside, simple past and past participle brushed aside)

  1. (idiomatic) To disregard, dismiss or ignore something, as unimportant.
    He brushed aside all my objections and went ahead with the project, regardless.
  2. (idiomatic) To defeat with ease.
    • 2011 October 20, Michael da Silva, “Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The ease with which Stoke brushed aside their Israeli opponents bodes well for the return fixture in early November, when a win could could secure their passage to the last 32.

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