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shrug (one's) shoulders

1. Literally, to make a gesture by raising and dropping one's shoulders, often meaning that one does not know something or is indifferent to something. Don't just shrug your shoulders—I want an answer! I asked the kids if they wanted pizza for dinner and they just shrugged their shoulders. I thought they would be excited about it.
2. To feel or display indifference, indecision, or an inability to do something. Too many people simply shrug their shoulders when it comes to getting enough exercise. If they encounter something they can't resolve, management just shrugs their shoulders and ignores it.
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shrug off

1. To dismiss, ignore, or minimize the importance of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shrug" and "off." I've been warning the boss about the issue for weeks, but he just keeps shrugging me off. You have to learn to shrug off the negative opinions of others if you want to succeed in this industry.
2. To rid or free oneself from someone or something that one finds unpleasant, upsetting, or annoying. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shrug" and "off." My little brother has been pestering me all day, so I finally just shrugged him off and went to the gym. I've had a hard time shrugging off this cold.
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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 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]
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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

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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Shrug - The Band With Square Wheels exhibition, runs at the Pop Up Gallery on Linthorpe Road from Thursday, December 15, to Sunday, December 18.
The DW initiates the Shrug by turning his head away from the opponent's tie-up and twisting his own body in the same direction (Photo 6).
Manufacturers, spurred by the surprising summer success of the shrug, are now selling shrugs with matching tops to help solve this fashion dilemma.
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Bhs matches satin camisole for pounds 25 with gold sequin shrug for pounds 25, black crochet scarf for pounds 19 and denim jeans for pounds 15
The athlete should shrug the shoulders and, at the bar's peak height, rotate the elbows around and under the bar.
This minuscule new garment is called the shrug, and daft as it may seem on first glance, is already a mainstay of this season's wardrobe.
Are we allowed to shrug our shoulders and keep silence, claiming it is not our business?
Blue embellished empire-line dress, pounds 40, printed shrug, pounds 25, both David Emanuel
Joining them for the gig - which has been organised on the back of Death To Trad Rock, the recent book by author and frontman of The Membranes John Robb -are Teesside favourites SHRUG.
Also instead of just putting a coat over it that's discarded when you get to the party, go for a shrug or cape.
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While he never personally made it to the Promised Land of fan-alienating fat contracts, his principled martyrdom helped all American workers to finally shrug off the Organization Man mentality.
The most popular single-joint movements for addressing the deltoid muscles are the lateral raise (middle deltoid), front raise (anterior deltoid), and bent-over raise (posterior deltoid), whereas the shoulder shrug is the best single-joint exercise for isolating the trapezius.
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