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also brush-off  (brŭsh′ôf′, -ŏf′)
An abrupt dismissal or snub.
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an abrupt dismissal or rebuff.
[1945–50, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brush-off - a curt or disdainful rejection
rejection - the act of rejecting something; "his proposals were met with rejection"
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[ˈbrʌʃɒf] N to give sb the brush-offmandar a algn a paseo, zafarse de algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈbrʌʃˌɒf] n (fam) to give sb the brush-offmandare qn a quel paese
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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