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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 of brush-off
1945-1950
1945-50, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase brush off
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  • 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
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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