shrug one's shoulders

Show indecision or indifference, as in When I asked her if she minded staying home, she just shrugged her shoulders. This redundant idiom—shrug means “to raise and contract the shoulders”—dates from about 1450.


Nearby words

  1. shrubbery,
  2. shrubby,
  3. shrubby cinquefoil,
  4. shrug,
  5. shrug off,
  6. shrunk,
  7. shrunken,
  8. sht.,
  9. shtetl,
  10. shtg.

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