brush-off

[ bruhsh-awf, -of ]
/ ˈbrʌʃˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun

a refusal to talk or listen to someone; abrupt or final dismissal or rebuff.

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Origin of brush-off

1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase brush off
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British Dictionary definitions for brush-off

brush off
/ slang /

verb (tr, adverb)

to dismiss and ignore (a person), esp curtly

noun brushoff

an abrupt dismissal or rejection
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Idioms and Phrases with brush-off

brush off

Dismiss or rebuff, as in Roberta brushed off the poor reviews with a shrug, or You can't brush off a boyfriend and expect him to do you a favor. This expression, transferring sweeping off crumbs to a curt dismissal, was first recorded about 1820. However, it became common usage only in the 1930s. Also see give someone the air (brush off).

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