shrug off

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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