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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
Roberts wants to redress the drubbing he was handed by the Disney board when the company rebuffed his hostile takeover offer in 2004, and Murdoch is attempting to, finally, bring Sky under his control.
Sachina is a smart gal, and rebuffs all of Yuudai’s attempts to get back together.
Many refuse to grant access to investigational drugs outside of clinical trials, and efforts to lobby them to release the medication as part of compassionate use are often rebuffed.
According to a Justice Department filing, Tinley Park has rebuffed the government’s request to get access to recordings of five executive sessions that took place in February and March of 2016 where The Reserve project was discussed.
That means Trump may ask Kim to dismantle his program — and Kim will likely rebuff the president.
With his choice rebuffed by Mattarella, Conte suddenly resigned as prime minister-designate on Sunday.
Back in October, Antonio Conte confirmed that Chelsea had already seen an offer rebuffed by the Giallorossi in their attempts to sign the 29-year-old midfielder.
One Veracruz family named in the litigation has repeatedly rebuffed allegations that any of its Texas properties were purchased on behalf of Duarte, and last year provided the Chronicle with documentation that supported those denials.
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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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