Definition of brush someone/thing off in English:

brush someone/thing off

phrasal verb

  • Dismiss someone or something in an abrupt way:

    ‘the judge brushed off his pleas for leniency’
    • ‘When MPs such as Alex Salmond asked about UN authorisation for air strikes against Afghanistan, their concern was brushed off as a pettifogging detail rather than an understandable concern.’
    • ‘My ex tried to talk to the bitch woman after the game, but she at first ignored him and then brushed him off, saying that parents who complain are problems she doesn't have time for.’
    • ‘I stood to face him, and he was brushing me off, trying to avoid my eyes.’
    • ‘Well, all morning - you've been ignoring me and brushing me off.’
    • ‘The letter said staff complaints about Blair were brushed off by journalism school officials, and many complaints were not filed because of a fear that speaking out against Blair would undermine favour with the journalism school.’
    • ‘This has been going on for so many years but we will not be brushed off.’
    • ‘On visits to Washington, Chancellor Schroeder was brushed off, while the French were openly vilified.’
    • ‘He then went up to her and tried to start a conversation but she brushed him off and ignored him.’
    • ‘The Japanese didn't buy it, brushed it off and dismissed it.’
    • ‘She also felt really flattered that he liked her so much as to forgive her for brushing him off and rejecting him.’
    rebuff, dismiss, spurn, reject, repudiate, refuse, disown, slight, deny, scorn, disdain
    ignore, disregard, snub, cut, cut dead, turn one's back on, give someone the cold shoulder, cold-shoulder, look right through, freeze out
    jilt, cast aside, discard, throw over, send off, send away, send packing, drop, leave
    knock back, give the brush-off, give the heave-ho, give someone their marching orders, give someone their walking papers, tell someone to get lost
    give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big e, bin off
    give someone the air
    View synonyms