shrug off


shrugged off; shrugging off; shrugs off

transitive verb

: to shake off
shrugging off sleep
: to brush aside : minimize
shrugs off the problem
: to remove (a garment) by wriggling out

Examples of shrug off in a Sentence

an administration that was willing to shrug off the problem she shrugged off her coat and hung it up neatly
Recent Examples on the Web Despite being exposed as unsafe three times in a month, Ethereum Classic shrugged off its death blows in the summer of 2020 and today trades at $31. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Baker chose not to shrug off this accusation, insisting that Monica's grief over Fabio's murder was intense and sincere. Greg Fisher, CBS News, 8 Mar. 2024 Sea Lions players have seemingly shrugged off the inconvenience, the team rising from 24th to sixth in the NCAA Division II national rankings since the season began. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Feb. 2024 Employees at Spirit AeroSystems, Boeing’s sole supplier of fuselages, have also claimed that their recent warnings about quality control were shrugged off because of production schedule pressures. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 But the campaign has shrugged off its critics—while learning to navigate the popular and sometimes hostile platform. Makena Kelly, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2024 Hagerty Celebrating its 29th year, the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, now known simply as the Amelia, shrugged off a few downpours to once again celebrate automotive art spanning numerous eras. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024 For the most part, the tenacious hairdresser shrugs off AA and settles on leading an aimless life. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 21 Feb. 2024 Israel’s stock market shrugged off the negative GDP reading. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shrug off was in 1902

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Cite this Entry

“Shrug off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shrug off

: to brush aside as not important
: to take off (a garment) by wriggling out
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