“Maybe this is the last month we will have salaries,” Abu Omar says with a shrug.
The more typical right-wing response to unpleasant developments is to ignore them and try to shrug them off.
Most Americans greeted the end of the Iraq War the same way they responded to the beginning of it—with a shrug and a yawn.
But if they find illegals while doing other work, they no longer will shrug and release them.
But rather than shrug it off and say, oh well, them again, this is a problem that must be examined more closely.
It was a provocative shrug—a shrug I could not leave at that.
A lump came into it, and he swallowed with a shrug, and flicked at a fly on the headstall.
"Let him swim if he likes," said Nikola, with a shrug of his shoulders.
And Grumpy Weasel gave a sort of shrug, as if to say that he supposed he was.
"You must have a large heart to include all of them," says Rodney with a shrug.
c.1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Danish skrugge "to stoop, crouch." Related: Shrugged; shrugging. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.
a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).