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


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

Origin of brush-off

1945–50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase brush off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples 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