give\ the\ brush-off

• brush off
• give the brush-off
v. phr.
1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important.

John brushed off Bill's warning that he might fall from the tree.

I said that it might rain and to take the bus, but Joe gave my idea the brush-off.

Father cut his finger but he brushed it off as not important and kept working.

2. informal To be unfriendly to; not talk or pay attention to (someone); get rid of.

Mary brushed off Bill at the dance.

I said hello to Mr. Smith, but he gave me the brush-off.

Compare: cold shoulder, high-hat Contrast: get the brush-off

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • give somebody the brush-off — verb To rebuff, snub or curtly reject someone. I asked three different clerks, and they all gave me the brush off. Syn: give somebody the run around, give somebody the cold shoulder …   Wiktionary

  • give him the brush-off — turn away from someone, reject someone    When Don asked Jane for a date, she gave him the brush off …   English idioms

  • brush\ off — • brush off • give the brush off v. phr. 1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important. John brushed off Bill s warning that he might fall from the tree. I said that it might rain and to take the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • brush-off — • brush off • give the brush off v. phr. 1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important. John brushed off Bill s warning that he might fall from the tree. I said that it might rain and to take the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • brush off — or[give the brush off] {v. phr.} 1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important. * /John brushed off Bill s warning that he might fall from the tree./ * /I said that it might rain and to take the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • brush off — or[give the brush off] {v. phr.} 1. To refuse to hear or believe; quickly and impatiently; not take seriously or think important. * /John brushed off Bill s warning that he might fall from the tree./ * /I said that it might rain and to take the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • brush-off — noun (singular) a clear sign that you do not want someone s friendship, invitations etc: give sb the brush off: I thought Andy liked me, but he gave me the brush off …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • brush-off — /ˈbrʌʃ ɒf / (say brush of) noun Colloquial an abrupt or final dismissal or refusal: *He learnt how to give autograph hunters the brush off. –murray bail, 1988 …   Australian English dictionary

  • brush-off — n. snub to give smb. the brush off …   Combinatory dictionary

  • brush-off — See give him the brush off …   English idioms


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