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also brush-off  (brŭsh′ôf′, -ŏf′)
An abrupt dismissal or snub.


an abrupt dismissal or rebuff.
[1945–50, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brush-off - a curt or disdainful rejection
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"


[ˈbrʌʃɒf] N to give sb the brush-offmandar a algn a paseo, zafarse de algn


[ˈbrʌʃˌɒf] n (fam) to give sb the brush-offmandare qn a quel paese
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Reacting to the Record's revelations, Fraser said: "Given the SNP devised the state guardian scheme and wants to meddle in BRUSH-OFF Fraser people's lives to ludicrous extents, you'd think the party would welcome these reports.
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I would be interested to hear from a council spokesman responsible for this stupidity, as they cannot give us the brush-off now.
I've been going through a hard time myself lately but, when I rang her one night, on the verge of tears, I got the brush-off because she was off out to visit someone else.