Eventually, the soldiers just shrugged in resignation: there was nothing they could do.
Managers of the “Rich Kids of Tehran” account have shrugged off such accusations anyway.
He shrugged, “I did not expect it to go on this long,” he said of the bloodletting that had cost 100,000 lives.
c.1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Danish skrugge "to stoop, crouch." Related: Shrugged; shrugging. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.
a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).