shrug one's shoulders

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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 idiomshrug means "to raise and contract the shoulders"dates from about 1450.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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