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1‘the miners rejected the government's offer to negotiate their demands’
turn down, refuse, decline, say no to
informal give the thumbs down to, give the red light to, give something a miss
British informal knock back
2‘she had been deeply in love with Jamie, but he rejected her’
rebuff, spurn, repudiate, cut off, cast off, cast aside, discard, jettison, abandon, desert, turn one's back on, have nothing to do with, have nothing more to do with, wash one's hands of, cast out, shut out, exclude, shun, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder
ostracize, blackball, blacklist, avoid, give a wide berth to, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold
British send to Coventry
North American disfellowship
informal give someone the brush-off, kick someone in the teeth, freeze out, hand someone the frozen mitt
informal, dated give someone the go-by
British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off, blank
North American informal give someone the air
1‘I got it cheap—it is only a reject’
substandard article, discard, second
2‘even a reject like him could be of use in such a godforsaken spot’
failure, loser, incompetent
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