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 Brunt.Brush up (To). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
The tail of a fox or squirrel, which is brushy.   1
   Brush away. Get along.   2
   Brush off. Move on.   3
   He brushed by me. He just touched me as he went quickly past. Hence also brush, a slight skirmish.   4
   All these are metaphors from brushing with a brush.   5
   Give it another brush. A little more attention; bestow a little more labour on it; return it to the file for a little more polish.   6

 Brunt.Brush up (To). 


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