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brush-off

[bruhsh-awf, -of]
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noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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