Definition of brush someone/something off in US English:

brush someone/something off

phrasal verb

  • Dismiss someone or something in an abrupt way.

    ‘the state brushed off the idea as something that would never happen’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Japanese didn't buy it, brushed it off and dismissed it.’
    • ‘I stood to face him, and he was brushing me off, trying to avoid my eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, all morning - you've been ignoring me and brushing me off.’
    • ‘She also felt really flattered that he liked her so much as to forgive her for brushing him off and rejecting him.’
    • ‘He then went up to her and tried to start a conversation but she brushed him off and ignored him.’
    rebuff, dismiss, spurn, reject, repudiate, refuse, disown, slight, deny, scorn, disdain
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