Asked whether he thought there might be some unofficial pinkwashing going on, he shrugged his shoulders and grinned.
He shrugged, “I did not expect it to go on this long,” he said of the bloodletting that had cost 100,000 lives.
“If any of the prisoners are really journalists, then I am sorry for that,” shrugged Ayman.
Then, Houston shrugged exasperatedly at the judges, before continuing when she realized that no one could help her.
Eventually, the soldiers just shrugged in resignation: there was nothing they could do.
He shrugged his shoulders, almost like one of the Frenchmen whom he had met ever since he was a child.
He shrugged his shoulders and left the room without another word.
She just shrugged her shoulders and smiled, and said 'My dear, we all know our Nan.
But the other shrugged his shoulders with well-studied indifference.
Mr. Fortescue, a tall, powerfully-built specimen of English squiredom, shrugged his shoulders unseen by his wife.
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.).