Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(brush/breeze) over

brush overbreeze over
Meaning(s)
1) to mention something without giving full details
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    • brush/breeze over the facts
  • Analysis
    If you brush/breeze over something it means you don't give it the attention or importance it deserves. This implies neglectfulness. If you brush/breeze over a subject, you barely mention it or avoid spending time on it. This is an informal term you might hear in social or professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When asked about his ex-wife, the actor brushed over that part of his life.
    2. I can't remember studying that part of the course. I must have breezed over it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We can't brush over the fact that our emissions have been high, the media will pick up on it straight away.
    2. I think it's fair to say we breezed over that question very well, but we might not be so successful avoiding confrontation next time.
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