shrug (one's) shoulders

(redirected from shrug your shoulders)

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.
See also: shoulder, 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
References in periodicals archive ?
"You need to work hard to find solutions to things," he said: "You can't be blase or just shrug your shoulders and say we couldn't make it work - you have to have a greater desire."
Once you're at the top of the movement, shrug your shoulders upward and pause for one second.
Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them up to your ears.
Next time you're confronted by someone angered by something you have or haven't done, just shrug your shoulders, give a wry little Sam Torrance-style chuckle and remark: "That's links golf for you."
Next time you see the 'Mero, give him a high five, cock your head to one side, shrug your shoulders, and give out a wounded Dactyl screech.