brush off

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

brush off (plural brush offs)

  1. Alternative spelling of brush-off

Verb[edit]

brush off

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see brush,‎ off. To remove something with a brush.
  2. (idiomatic) To disregard (something), to dismiss or ignore (someone), as unimportant.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XVIII:
      Again I begged her to keep an eye on her blood pressure and not get so worked up, and once more she brushed me off, this time with a curt request that I would go and boil my head.
  3. To depart with a sweeping motion.
    • Goldsmith
      Snatching his hat, he brushed off like the wind.

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