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    Default phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    Hi

    I've been wondering about the phrasal verb "to brush on sth." as in

    We only had time to brush on the subject. (instead of "to touch on sth.")

    I doesn't seem to be used widely. Is it generally recognized as an exisiting phrasal verb or is it more an idiosyncrasy that few speakers use?

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    Default Re: phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    I have never come across such a phrase.

    There is the phrase to brush up (on) something, which means to improve one's knowledge of something.

    I had to brush up on my maths for this engineering course.


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    Last edited by colloquium; 27-Sep-2008 at 20:00.

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    Default Re: phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    Quote Originally Posted by nico View Post
    Hi

    I've been wondering about the phrasal verb "to brush on sth." as in

    We only had time to brush on the subject. (instead of "to touch on sth.")

    I doesn't seem to be used widely. Is it generally recognized as an exisiting phrasal verb or is it more an idiosyncrasy that few speakers use?

    Cheers from Switzerland

    Nico
    I haven't heard of it. Perhaps it means "broach the subject".

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    Default Re: phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    It is a new one to me too. Offhand I would say the writer meant to say brush up on but inadvertently left out the up.


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    Default Re: phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    i indeed use this phrasal verb once at a time. Yeah, as implied in above posts it has a couple meanings:

    1) to touch on sth, to mention. Eg. We have brushed on the theme only shortly.
    2) to practise sth. eg. Start brushing on your Rrussian since you will need it.

    It a transitive phrasal verb unseparable thus the object goes always after the particle "on".

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    Default Re: phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    Yeah, as implied in above posts it has a couple meanings:
    Actually, all of the above posts say "to brush on" has no known meaning at all.

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    Default Re: phrasal verb: to brush on sth.

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi nico,

    There are my 2 cents.

    brush up on = review, refresh one's memory, as in

    “Nell brushed up on her Spanish before going to Honduras.”

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    V.

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