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brush-off

[bruhsh-awf, -of] /ˈbrʌʃˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
a refusal to talk or listen to someone; abrupt or final dismissal or rebuff.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase brush off
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Examples from the web for brush-off
  • Thank you for giving a straight answer instead of another brush-off.
  • My student, however, came from a country where professors hold a sacerdotal status and so took my jest as a brush-off.
  • There are many ways of giving a brush-off, especially when it comes to rejection letters.
Slang definitions & phrases for brush-off

brush-off

noun

the BRUSH (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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