Let's say I someone accidentally leaned against a blackboard and got chalk stains on their clothes. What word or phrasal verb would you use to describe the process of removing the stains with one's hands. Would the phrase brush off fit the context? For example:

You got chalk on your back. You had better brush it off.

  • Your proposal sounds perfect to me. – TypeIA Jan 17 at 12:46

To dust and to pat come to my mind, as chalk on clothes resemble dust.

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  • It's called 'chalk dust'. The verb 'to dust' is fine for this situation. It is a cliché to say that schoolteachers' clothes are covered in chalk dust. – Michael Harvey Jan 17 at 14:16

'Brushing off' is suitable for removing dust from a smooth surface. Since it's about clothes here, I'd suggest 'shaking (the chalk dust) off. Here's a picture showing that very action which is referred to in the picture file name: enter image description here https://previews.123rf.com/images/gstockstudio/gstockstudio1602/gstockstudio160200033/51617903-shake-it-off-close-up-of-young-handsome-man-in-sunglasses-shaking-off-invisible-dust-from-his-should.jpg

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A link with the synonyms concerning your question. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-remove-chalk-stains-1900963

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  • Link-only answers are deplored; they are less helpful than an actual answer to the question. – Michael Harvey Jan 17 at 14:17
  • I can understand it, though, the article is long to be copied to the string. – kngram Jan 17 at 14:44
  • Then summarise. – Michael Harvey Jan 17 at 18:31
  • Ok, I'll follow your advice next post. Is it your own opinion, or rules & regulations? I didn't find any of the kind. – kngram Jan 17 at 18:55
  • "Provide context for links - Links to external resources are encouraged, but please add context around the link so your fellow users will have some idea what it is and why it’s there. Always quote the most relevant part of an important link, in case the target site is unreachable or goes permanently offline." - How do I write a good answer? – Michael Harvey Jan 17 at 19:07

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