shrug off

shrug

[shruhg]
verb (used with object), shrugged, shrugging.
1.
to raise and contract (the shoulders), expressing indifference, disdain, etc.
verb (used without object), shrugged, shrugging.
2.
to raise and contract the shoulders.
noun
3.
the movement of raising and contracting the shoulders.
4.
a short sweater or jacket that ends above or at the waistline.
Verb phrases
5.
shrug off,
a.
to disregard; minimize: to shrug off an insult.
b.
to rid oneself of: to shrug off the effects of a drug.

Origin:
1350–1400; (v.) Middle English schruggen to shudder, shrug < ?; (noun) late Middle English shrugge a tug, pull, derivative of the v.

unshrugging, adjective
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shrug (ʃrʌɡ)
 
vb , shrugs, shrugging, shrugged
1.  to draw up and drop (the shoulders) abruptly in a gesture expressing indifference, contempt, ignorance, etc
 
n
2.  the gesture so made
3.  a woman's short jacket or close-fitting cardigan
 
[C14: of uncertain origin]

shrug off
 
vb
1.  to minimize the importance of; dismiss
2.  to get rid of
3.  to wriggle out of or push off (clothing)

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Word Origin & History

shrug
c.1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Dan. skrugge "to stoop, crouch." The noun is first recorded 1594. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.
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Idioms & Phrases

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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