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shrug something off (as something)

 and pass something off (as something)
to ignore something unpleasant or offensive as if it meant something else. She shrugged off the criticism as harmless. I passed off the remark as misinformed. Bill scolded me, but I just passed it off.
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shrug your shoulders

to not care or feel unable to do anything The reason most people aren't excited about the election is that both candidates leave them shrugging their shoulders.
Related vocabulary: shrug something off
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of shrug your shoulders (to move your shoulders up as you move your head down to show you do not care or are discouraged)
See also: shoulder, shrug

shrug something off

also shrug off something
to act as if something is unimportant or not a problem Although constantly troubled by a lack of money, he was able to shrug it off with a joke. The runner has been trying hard to shrug off a back injury that doesn't seem to go away.
Related vocabulary: shrug your shoulders
See also: off, shrug

shrug off

1. Minimize the importance of, as in That nasty review didn't bother him at all; he just shrugged it off. [Early 1900s]
2. Get rid of, as in She managed to shrug off her drowsiness and keep driving. [Mid-1900s]
3. Wriggle out of a garment, as in He shrugged off his coat. [First half of 1900s]
See also: off, shrug

shrug one's shoulders

Show indecision or indifference, as in When I asked her if she minded staying home, she just shrugged her shoulders. This redundant idiom- shrug means "to raise and contract the shoulders"-dates from about 1450.
See also: shoulder, shrug

shrug off

v.
1. To dismiss something with a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference: She shrugged off her mother's advice. Rather than respond to their insults, he just shrugged them off and kept walking.
2. To minimize the importance of something: The coach shrugged off the defeat and talked about the team's improvement. The politician shrugged the allegations off, calling them absurd.
3. To get rid of something: I hope that I can shrug off this cold before the game next weekend. I began to feel sleepy, but I shrugged it off and kept driving.
4. To wriggle out of some clothing: He shrugged off his shirt and put it in the laundry basket. She shrugged her coat off and hung it in the closet.
See also: off, shrug
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Summary: US consumer spending rose in November by the most in three years and a gauge of planned business spending jumped, signs that households and companies are shrugging off some of the fears tighter fiscal policy could cause a recession.
Summary: Champions Chelsea demolished West Bromwich Albion 6-0, shrugging off poor pre-season form to launch their Premier League season in style.
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Burgeoning energy reserves coupled with economic reform and foreign investment are propelling Kazakhstan into the business big time, and the former Soviet republic is enthusiastically shrugging off its much satirised peasant roots.
Shrugging aside pieties about desegregation, preschool, and the notion that schools serving black children are struggling against insuperable odds, authors such as Roland Fryer, Steven Levitt, David Armor, Ronald Haskins, and Derek Neal describe the limited value of favored remedies and provide concrete alternatives to the status quo.
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Maybe if we had that to do over, we would have responded to the ads that were just lies about me,'' Soboroff said, shrugging.
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We don't know where he is," Ford said, shrugging, after a light practice at the Clippers' training facility in Carson.