One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dismiss someone or something curtly and confidently.‘people brushed aside the possibility of imminent war’
disregard, ignore, dismiss, shrug off, pass over, put aside, sweep aside, wave asideView synonyms
- ‘Leila brushed his words aside with a light laugh.’
- ‘The girl laughed, brushing the mild insult aside.’
- ‘She took a moment to reflect on what she must look like, and did a mental shrug, brushing the subject aside.’
- ‘That mindset makes it easy to ignore the facts or brush them aside because ‘the facts ‘aren't really facts, at least not as most of us understand them.’
- ‘She had taken her prospectus to a colleague, but he dismissed the idea, brushing it aside with ‘the industry is too broad.’’
- ‘The ‘because I say so’ attitude of old seems to be disappearing - largely because street-wise, confident children are brushing it aside, demanding to be given the rationale behind requests.’
- ‘I brushed the idea aside and tried to forget about it.’
- ‘Sure, one can have an opinion, but it can be brushed aside, shrugged off - it's just your point of view, after all.’
- ‘I brushed the thought aside and ignored the feeling in my stomach.’
- ‘In fact I brushed it aside with the merest of shrugs and am tentatively starting to believe that I may actually finish this house before I retire, if that isn't too daringly optimistic.’
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