give (someone) the brush-off

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give (someone) the brush-off

To reject, snub, ignore, or rebuff someone. I thought Rebecca was a good friend until she gave me the brush-off at a party last weekend. Teachers have accused local politicians of giving them the brush-off regarding proposed cuts to pensions and school funding.
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The ex-GMTV weathergirl said: "He wasn't happy at all when I gave him the brush-off via email, which made me feel very uncomfortable.
I assumed that when I gave him the brush-off that would be the end of it but since then, two weeks ago,he has called me practically every evening.
At first she gave him the brush-off and refused to allow the hounds to cross her land for the Saturday hunt - a case of, "watch out, beagles about".
Morrison, 24, is accused of "going berserk" - attacking one man and damaging a car - after four girls gave him the brush-off.
Mike approached commissioning editors with the idea of turning his journey into a BBC documentary, even suggesting Fogle could lead the expedition - but the Beeb gave him the brush-off.
But Baker was an unknown quantity unwilling to be more forthcoming about his financial staying power, and Owens gave him the brush-off before selling his portfolio to the Arkadelphia group.
He then boasted about his wealth - but lashed out with his fist in a fury when she gave him the brush-off.
THE Parisian babes gave him the brush-off last week, but one little setback could never put ladies' man 50 Cent off his sharking.
Supermodel Sophie Dahl also gave him the brush-off, saying she was perfectly happy with current boyfriend, American actor Dan Baker.