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    these brushes with the neighborhood ghost

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me a leg up with the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    However, these brushes with the neighborhood ghost result in a tentative friendship over time and soon the Finch children realize that Boo Radley deserves to live in peace, so they leave him alone.

    brush = an instance of contact with something undesirable or dangerous; clash

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: these brushes with the neighborhood ghost

    Yes, I believe that's right.
    -Something bad and usually temporary and short.

    Exms:
    -brush with the law = trouble with the police
    -brush with evil = encounter
    -brush with death = be an a situation that can lead to death, but manage to survive.

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