brush with the law


brush with the law
a brief encounter or experience with the police because of a crime

He had a brush with the law when he was young but now he is totally honest.


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  • brush with the law — an illegal act, a minor crime    Judd told me about his brush with the law a shoplifting charge …   English idioms

  • A Brush with the Law — Infobox Dad s Army episode number episode name=051 A Brush with the Law script=Jimmy Perry and David Croft director=David Croft producer=David Croft recorded=26/11/1972 original transmission=15/12/72 series=Five length=30 minutes viewing… …   Wikipedia

  • Brush with Fate — was a made for TV film debuted on February 2, 2003, on CBS. It followed the life of an imaginary painting by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer as it passes through the hands of various people. The film was based on Girl In Hyacinth Blue , a novel by …   Wikipedia

  • have a brush with —    When you have a brush with something, such as the law, you encounter or experience it briefly.     Had a brush with the law for speeding a few years ago, but he has had a clean record ever since …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Brush — (br[u^]sh), n. [OE. brusche, OF. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, F. brosse brush, LL. brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG. brusta, brust, bristle, G. borste bristle, b[ u]rste brush. See {Bristle}, n., and cf. {Browse}.] 1. An instrument composed of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brush — brush1 [brush] n. [ME brushe < OFr broce, brosse, bush, brushwood < VL * bruscia < Gmc * bruskaz, underbrush: for IE base see BREAST] 1. BRUSHWOOD ☆ 2. sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth 3. a) a device having… …   English World dictionary

  • brush — I n. 1) to apply a brush to 2) a bottle; clothes brush; hairbrush; nailbrush; paintbrush; scrub (AE), scrubbing (BE); shaving brush; toothbrush; upholstery brush II v. 1) (d; intr.) to brush against (she brushed against the table) 2) (d; intr.)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • brush — [[t]brʌ̱ʃ[/t]] ♦♦♦ brushes, brushing, brushed 1) N COUNT A brush is an object which has a large number of bristles or hairs fixed to it. You use brushes for painting, for cleaning things, and for tidying your hair. We gave him paint and brushes …   English dictionary

  • brush — brush1 brushable, adj. brusher, n. brushlike, adj. /brush/, n. 1. an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc. 2. one of a pair of devices… …   Universalium

  • brush — brush1 S3 [brʌʃ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(object for cleaning/painting)¦ 2¦(trees)¦ 3¦(movement)¦ 4¦(touch)¦ 5 6¦(tail)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1, 3 6; Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Early French broisse, from Old French broce ( …   Dictionary of contemporary English