verb (used with object), shrugged, shrug·ging.
verb (used without object), shrugged, shrug·ging.
- to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult.
- to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug.
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OTHER WORDS FROM shrugun·shrug·ging, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for shrug
The Labor Department, faced with Arise’s refusal, responded with what amounted to a shoulder shrug.All a Gig-Economy Pioneer Had to Do Was “Politely Disagree” It Was Violating Federal Law and the Labor Department Walked Away|by Ken Armstrong, Justin Elliott and Ariana Tobin|January 22, 2021|ProPublica
He looked up and waved and gave a shrug of his shoulders, like “I don’t know.”93-Year-Old Announcer Charlie Brotman Just Served in His 16th Inauguration. Here's Why He's Still Honored to Do the Job|Melissa August|January 20, 2021|Time
“It’s better for all of them not to talk to me,” the activist said with a shrug, but a tear could be seen welling up on the screen.A new movie about Jamal Khashoggi reveals a protégé who is alive and under assault|Steven Zeitchik|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Indeed, the stock market greeted the complaint with a collective shrug.DOJ antitrust suit: Google uses contracts, market power to neutralize rivals|Greg Sterling|October 21, 2020|Search Engine Land
“The girls I used to race with would just pull their pants around their ankles and hang off the back,” Ralphie says with I shrug.
Mason ambles through life, free to enjoy the little moments and shrug off the big ones, just like his father did before him.
Around my own friends, someone will wind up a conversation with a shrug and a baffling—to me—utterance of “Haters gonna hate.”
Of course this gets at the heart of why some attacks on black Republicans inspire a shrug.
Yet, relative to the massive amount of attention, shock, and criticism, I can only muster a shrug and a plea to chill out.The Internet’s Latest Pearl-Clutching Panic Over Mamading Is Insane|Emily Shire|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he spat upon the ground, and with an exaggerated shrug of his shoulders re-entered the house.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He claps on his bowler-hat, gives another amazed look round, says with a shrug, "Unusual!"First Plays|A. A. Milne
"We shall see," replied Sir Hugh, with a shrug of his shoulders, as the other strode out of his room.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
Go to your Mr. Bidlake, see him shrug his shoulders and laugh, and then watch while your cousin—your cousin!The Everlasting Arms|Joseph Hocking
"I haven't changed my ideas one bit," she said, with a shrug, as Gwynne rose and came towards her.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton