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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Unskilled labour is the first to feel the slackness of hard times, and I had no trades save those of sailor and laundryman.
But poor people don't buy sewing machines in hard times, so I was forced to forgo that employment.
She was so capable, so cheerful in spite of the fact that she was having a hard time.
The country was on the verge of hard times,* caused by a series of prosperous years wherein the difficulty of disposing abroad of the unconsumed surplus had become increasingly difficult.
Under the capitalist regime these periods of hard times were as inevitable as they were absurd.
These associations were practically middle- class affairs, and now, compelled by hard times and crashing markets, and aided by the great captains of industry, they gave organized labor an awful and decisive defeat.
You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo.
Very few letters were written in those hard times that were not touching, especially those which fathers sent home.
She had had such a hard time bringing it into the world, too.
I had a sufficiently hard time with that tale, because it changed itself from a farce to a tragedy while I was going along with it--a most embarrassing circumstance.
There's the labor unions an' employers' associations, an' strikes', an' hard times, an' huntin' for jobs, an' all the rest.
And we have had a hard time here, though not so hard as I deserved; and the hardest part of all .
The multitudinous family had sat upon him, but had had a hard time doing it.
He begged Captain Bonneville, therefore, to travel very slowly, so as to keep the horses in strength and spirit for the hard times they would have to encounter.
But, indeed, I had a hard time of it,' said she: 'mamma was very greatly disappointed at the failure of her darling project, and very, very angry at my obstinate resistance to her will, and is so still; but I can't help it.