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brushoff

(ˈbrəʃɔf)
n. a dismissal; an act of ignoring someone. (see also give someone the brushoff.) I got the brushoff, but I can take it.

give someone the brushoff

tv. to repel someone; to ignore someone. (see also brushoff.) The manager gave her the brushoff when she asked for a raise.
See also: brushoff, give, someone
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Splicing conviction with con artistry, the vividly local with the cosmically global, a too-ready empathy with the brutal brushoff, ever eager to trade in someone for everyone and evade firm definition, Clinton plays like the representative of a new American psychological species, a personality type for which the media are not only a means of transmission or expression but a model of being.
Simply put, the public is giving the press the royal brushoff the folks think we're out of touch with what's on their minds, that we're too superficial and, consequently, too often just plain wrong.
Cooper Doe and Leo Saenger, 10-year-old fifth-graders from Eugene's Camas Ridge Elementary School, got the brushoff that New York Times and CNN reporters are accustomed to when they tried to get an interview with President Obama during his trip to Portland Wednesday night.
EMC indicated the initial brushoff wasn't a deal-killer and said they were looking forward to further discussions with Iomega.
Tube bomb victim Rachel North reacted angrily to Mr Blair's brushoff last night.
And the play takes a still more preposterous--not to mention distasteful--turn when Jim and Fred begin plotting to kill Barbara (Kate Blumberg), who threatens Jim with blackmail when he tries to give her the brushoff.
The brushoff was just another example, Hamill wrote, of the gaping canyon between big-budget players and the fans who fill stadium seats.
A case in point is the brushoff given author Salman Rushdie last week, orchestrated by the State Department and the White House.
The review says an aide to Blagojevich tried to contact someone with the authority to speak for Obama; the approach was met with a brushoff.
Early's office had given him the brushoff during a telephone conversation Feb.
The city has just been giving us the brushoff as usual.
Some of its more sketch-comedy bits fall flat, but there's always something dead-on-target around the corner, as these kids speak with the exaggerated bluntness that the minimal decorum of high school in truth managed to hide: "We're more used to being liked," says Judy, ready to give Kim the brushoff, since it's what the in-crowd demands.
then wrote to the president of the World Bank, complaining that the response was "a brushoff and an insult.
Ron Johnson, the union's lead bargainer, expressed disappointment at the commissioners' brushoff of binding arbitration.
But when employers give the quick brushoff to young blacks and other young American workers that are willing to take lower-end jobs, they send the not-so-subtle message that these workers are not wanted or welcome.