shrug

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Unknown.

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Noun[edit]

shrug (plural shrugs)

  1. A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference.
    He dismissed my comment with a shrug.
  2. A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted.

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Verb[edit]

shrug (third-person singular simple present shrugs, present participle shrugging, simple past and past participle shrugged)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To raise (the shoulders) to express uncertainty, lack of concern, (formerly) dread, etc.
    I asked him for an answer and he just shrugged.
    When he saw the problem, he just shrugged and started fixing it.
    • Addison
      He shrugs his shoulders when you talk of securities.

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