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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Then if, say, an experienced politician is trying to give you the brush-off, you need to be forceful.
She may give you the brush-off, but she might be happy to chat.