- nouna curt or disdainful rejection• Derivationally related forms: ↑brush off• Hypernyms: ↑rejection
* * *ndiscouragement, dismissal, rebuff, refusal, rejection, repudiation, repulse, slight, snubCOLLOQ. cold shoulder
* * *▶ noun (informal) REJECTION, refusal, rebuff, repulse; snub, slight, cut; informal knock-back; N. Amer. informal kiss-off.
* * *\\ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷\ noun (-s)Etymology: brush off, v.1. : a quietly curt or disdainful dismissal
she gave him the brush-off2. : an offensive maneuver used by basketball and lacrosse players to get rid of an opponent by running him into a teammate
* * */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]
* * *brushˈ-off noun (informal)1. A curt or discourteous dismissal or act of ignoring2. A rebuff• • •Main Entry: ↑brush
* * *a clear sign to someone that you are not interested in them or in their ideasThesaurus: to fail or refuse to communicate with someonesynonym
* * *n. [in sing.] informal a rejection or dismissal in which someone is treated as unimportant
he's been giving her the brush-off
* * */ˈbrʌʃˌɑːf/ nounthe brush-offinformal : 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.
* * *rude or unfriendly behaviour that shows that a person is not interested in sb
Paul asked Tara out to dinner but shegave him the brush-off
* * *brush-off, brush-upsee brush v.2 5 b, 2.
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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