brush-off

noun
a curt or disdainful rejection
Derivationally related forms: ↑brush off
Hypernyms: ↑rejection

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n
discouragement, dismissal, rebuff, refusal, rejection, repudiation, repulse, slight, snub

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noun (informal) REJECTION, refusal, rebuff, repulse; snub, slight, cut; informal knock-back; N. Amer. informal kiss-off.

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun (-s)
Etymology: brush off, v.
1. : a quietly curt or disdainful dismissal

she gave him the brush-off

2. : an offensive maneuver used by basketball and lacrosse players to get rid of an opponent by running him into a teammate

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/brush"awf', -of'/, n.
a refusal to talk or listen to someone; abrupt or final dismissal or rebuff.
[1945-50, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase brush off]

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brushˈ-off noun (informal)
1. A curt or discourteous dismissal or act of ignoring
2. A rebuff
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Main Entry:brush

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brush-off UK US noun [singular] informal
a clear sign to someone that you are not interested in them or in their ideas
Thesaurus: to fail or refuse to communicate with someonesynonym

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n. [in sing.] informal a rejection or dismissal in which someone is treated as unimportant

he's been giving her the brush-off

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/ˈbrʌʃˌɑːf/ noun
the brush-off
informal : rude treatment or behavior by someone who is not interested at all in what another person wants or asks for

I wanted to ask him about his decision but he gave me the brush-off.

I got the brush-off when I asked her for help.

— see also brush off at brush, 2

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ˈbrush-off [brush-off brush-offs] noun singular (informal)
rude or unfriendly behaviour that shows that a person is not interested in sb

Paul asked Tara out to dinner but she

gave him the brush-off

.

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brush-off, brush-up
see brush v.2 5 b, 2.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • brush\ off — • brush off • give the brush off v. phr. 1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important. John brushed off Bill s warning that he might fall from the tree. I said that it might rain and to take the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • brush-off — • brush off • give the brush off v. phr. 1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important. John brushed off Bill s warning that he might fall from the tree. I said that it might rain and to take the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • brush-off — n [singular] rude or unfriendly behaviour that shows you are not interested in someone ▪ She gave him the brush off. ▪ I tried to be friendly but I just got the brush off. →brush off at ↑brush2 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brush off — (someone/something) to not accept someone or something as being important. When she told me my project would be a better television film than a feature film, I thought she was brushing me off. But the prime minister brushed off that criticism,… …   New idioms dictionary

  • brush-off — /brush awf , of /, n. a refusal to talk or listen to someone; abrupt or final dismissal or rebuff. [1945 50, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase brush off] * * * …   Universalium

  • brush off — brush aside / brush off [v] ignore; refuse boycott, cold shoulder*, contradict, cut, deny, disclaim, dismiss, disown, disregard, get rid of, have no time for*, ostracize, override, rebuff, reject, repudiate, scorn, send away, slight, snub, spurn …   New thesaurus

  • brush off — index parry Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • brush-off — noun singular INFORMAL a clear sign to someone that you are not interested in them or in their ideas …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brush-off — brush′ off n. an abrupt dismissal or rebuff • Etymology: 1945–50, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • brush|off — «BRUHSH F, OF», noun. Informal. a refusal to see or listen; an abrupt dismissal or rebuke: »The reporter got a polite brushoff when he asked the mayor for an appointment …   Useful english dictionary


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