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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Our objective from the start seven months ago was to persuade the prime minister to intervene to save Scotland's fishing communities and, after four refusals, I don't think there is any point carrying on," said Carol MacDonald, leader of the group, had said after Blair gave them the brush-off for the fourth time.
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