- n a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
- n an instance of driving away or warding off
- v reject outright and bluntly
- v force or drive back
rebuff the attack
- Despiteor perhaps because ofPresident Johnson's declaration of noncandidacy, primaries in Texas and Florida last week resulted in a repudiation of his policies and a rebuff.
- Urgently needing to rebuff the naysayers already claiming he doesn't deserve his lofty title, Asashoryu's trials suddenly seem far from over.
- The dismemberment of his energy tax is a case study in how difficult it has been for Clinton to make good on his pledge to rebuff those diverse interests in favor of the larger good.
- Dmitry Medvedev in Independent
Just recently we have had to rebuff an aggression unleashed by the Georgian regime and, as we found, a war can flare up suddenly and can be absolutely real,Medvedev said.
- Joe Higgins in 940 News
This is a huge rebuff to the political establishment. It shows there is massive distrust among ordinary working people,said Joe Higgins, the sole Socialist party member in the Irish parliament.
- Brendan Barber in guardian.co.uk
But TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "The chancellor must use his budget to give a firm no to this special pleading and strongly rebuff the business lobbying for a U-turn on the inadequate proposals to levy non-doms."