[bruhsh-awf, -of]


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. 2019

Examples from the Web for brush-off

Historical Examples of 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