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sluff off

1. Literally, to shed, peel, or scrape off an outer layer of something. In this usage, a noun can be used between "sluff" and "off." A less common variant of "slough off." It can be pretty gross to watch a snake sluff off its skin, leaving behind a weird, hollow version of itself.
2. To dismiss, ignore, or minimize the importance of someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "sluff" and "off." A less common variant of "slough off." He kept heckling me during the show, but I sluffed him off and kept performing. The senator just sluffed off the journalist's comments, describing them later as "baseless" and "incendiary."
3. To procrastinate or avoid doing work. In this usage, the phrase is sometimes followed by a noun indicating the thing being avoided. A less common variant of "slough off." If you keep sluffing off, we'll be forced to give you a formal warning. I decided to sluff off my essay for the weekend and hang out with my friends instead.
See also: off, sluff

sluff (off)

and slough (off)
in. to waste time; to goof off. Watch him. He will sluff off if you don’t keep after him.
See also: off, sluff
References in classic literature ?
It is so sluffed over and hushed up, there is so little clear thinking--oh, political economy, of course, but so few of us think clearly about our own private incomes, and admit that independent thoughts are in nine cases out of ten the result of independent means.
Snow sluffed off the top of the gully like sand through an hourglass and ran in larger amounts between our legs--a warning of impending wet avalanches.
Multiple hemorrhages were found on mucous layer of both uterine horns and sluffed out mucous with hemorrhage at junction of uterine horns (Fig.
Sluffed Marrow Bones with Chanterelles, Breadcrumbs, and Herbs (Serves 2)
'E wer chock sluffed, though, wen this chap sed 'at 'e'd bowt t' ticket fer 'is missus but shoo'd dropped daan deead a few days back.
Absolutely no one sluffed off this project (finals are 20 percent of their semester grade).
Pennington.(57) As a result, the Eighth Circuit sluffed off what would have been a valid statutory exemption defense in one brief, incorrectly reasoned paragraph, wrongly opining that Clayton Act section 6 only protects unions, not employers, and then focused virtually all of its labor exemption attention on the nonstatutory Jewel Tea/Pennington prong.
In recent years more and more European nations have sluffed off American leadership in drug policy and struck out in new directions of their own.