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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 off

v.
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.
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Mathieu shrugs off his family to be with Cedric (Wild Reeds' Stephane Rideau), a hunky doughnut peddler he spies on the beach.
Drawing from his lengthy tenure in the paper industry, Nemirow shrugs off Bowater's first quarter 1997 losses of 8 cents per share as the tail end of last year's cyclical shift, saying, "We think we hit the bottom of the cycle in the first quarter."
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Finkelstein said she expects that the drawbacks of relocating the series--a more expensive space, with 199 seats as opposed to the Playhouse's 299--will be outweighed by the theater's accessible central location, on what she calls "THE block, a wonderfully flashy block--it's as light at night as it is in the daytime." A longtime midtown resident, Finkelstein shrugs off complaints that Times Square has been hopelessly Disneyfied and believes the series's new home will attract tourist and foot traffic along with more dancers, many of whom, Finkelstein says, live downtown or in Brooklyn and are sometimes reluctant to travel much beyond 14th Street.
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