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verb (tr, adverb)

to minimize the importance of; dismiss
to get rid of
to wriggle out of or push off (clothing)

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shrug off

1

Minimize the importance of, as in That nasty review didn't bother him at all; he just shrugged it off. [Early 1900s]

2

Get rid of, as in She managed to shrug off her drowsiness and keep driving. [Mid-1900s]

3

Wriggle out of a garment, as in He shrugged off his coat. [First half of 1900s]

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