shrug off shrug off

Definition(s):

  • (v) minimize the importance of, brush aside

Usage(s):

  1. But he seemed to shrug off the teasing, eating tofu and tempeh like all the other kids, playing soccer and picking guavas from the trees.
  2. After years of preparation, killer whale Keiko, the star of Free Willy, may at last return to the wild if he can only learn to shrug off humans.
  3. Proenza is trying to shrug off the criticism, characterizing the rift as more of a collegial disagreement.

News

  1. LeBrun: Julien, Quenneville unquestionably elite

    Cup winners Julien, Quenneville shrug off speculation, maintain excellence
    on June 15, 2013     Source: ESPN

  2. Baby Alligators In The Sewers Grow Up Fast In Philly

    It's common for cynical New Yorkers to shrug off the legions of alligators that roam our sewer system as the stuff of Urban Legend, but every now and then one of these creatures rears its fanged head above ground, and then you have to send a letter of apology to that drunk guy at the end of the bar who you thought was just a gullible gator conspiracy theorist. In August of 2010, to cite one ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Gothamist

  3. Hong Kong stocks shrug off data to gain, as banks rise; Hang Seng Index up 0.4%

    Hong Kong stocks shrug off data to gain, as banks rise; Hang Seng Index up 0.4%
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Market Watch

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