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Origin of brush-off
Words nearby brush-off
Example sentences from the Web for brush-off
For any officer to brush-off a forthright request for aid or advice under such circumstances is an unofficerly act.The Armed Forces Officer|U. S. Department of Defense
British Dictionary definitions for brush-off
verb (tr, adverb)
Idioms and Phrases with 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).