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1‘he refused their invitation to lunch’
decline, turn down, say no to
reject, spurn, scorn, rebuff, disdain, repudiate, dismiss, repulse
shake one's head, send one's regrets
baulk at, demur at, protest at, jib at, draw the line at
informal pass up
British informal knock back
2‘the Council refused planning permission’
withhold, not grant, disapprove, deny, discountenance
informal give the thumbs down to
1‘dogs nosed around in piles of refuse’
rubbish, waste, debris, litter, garbage, discarded matter, detritus, dross, landfill, scrap, rubble, slag, spoilage, sullage, sewage, slop
dregs, lees, leavings, leftovers, sweepings
North American trash
NZ Australian mullock
informal dreck, junk
British informal gash
rare draff, raffle, raff
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