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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They say the safest course of action is to give the brush-off to doorstep callers of any kind.
WHO in their right mind would give the brush-off to lovely Liz Hurley?