give (one) the brush-off

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give (one) the brush-off

To reject, snub, ignore, or rebuff one. 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.
See also: give
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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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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?