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Examples of rebuff in a Sentence
Our suggestion was immediately rebuffed.
The company rebuffed the bid.
She rebuffed him when he asked her for a date.
Recent Examples of rebuff from the Web
Kimberly Harris-Ferrante and Michael Ramsey, analysts for global technology consulting firm Gartner, rebuff the notion that these machines are just around the corner.
In addition, council members complained that they had been rebuffed by the district in seeking an inclusive policy towards transgender students, as some other districts in the Philadelphia region have done.
Walker, who won his election as an independent after previously running as a Republican, rebuffed entreaties from the White House to support the proposal written by Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.
But while Davis is plotting more diplomacy, the U.K. team has been rebuffing offers from the EU to schedule another round of negotiations.
Those who knew Pavel Florea well, including the mother of one of his children, describe a man who apparently rebuffed efforts to help him, and who displayed concerning behavior in the days leading up to the fire.
The Democrats who rebuffed an effort to kill the deal two years ago are also opposed to overturning it.
The lawsuit claims that Caroline Records and Music, which is affiliate with Universal Music Group, tried over the years to get Strange Music to join the label, which Strange Music has rebuffed.
This blockbuster story quickly fizzled when top White House advisor Gary Cohn rebuffed it.
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Did You Know?
Occurring frequently in news articles and headlines, rebuff derives (via Middle French rebuffer) from Old Italian ribuffare, meaning "to reprimand," and ultimately from the imitative verb buffare, meaning "to puff." (You might guess that the verb buff, meaning "to polish," is a "buffare" descendant, but it is actually unrelated.) A similar word, "rebuke," shares the "criticize" sense of "rebuff," but not the "reject" sense (one can rebuke another's actions or policies, but one does not rebuke the advances of another, for example). Like "rebuke," "rebuff" can also be used as a noun, as in "His proposal was met with a stern rebuff from the Board of Trustees."
REBUFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rebuff for English Language Learners
: to refuse (something, such as an offer or suggestion) in a rude way
REBUFF Defined for Kids
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