the brush-off

noun phrase

: rude treatment or behavior by someone who is not interested at all in what another person wants or asks for
I wanted to ask him about his decision but he gave me the brush-off.
I got the brush-off when I asked her for help.

Examples of the brush-off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lynch sometimes ventures outside the RV to try and recruit smokers lingering around the clinic’s locations in Pennsylvania, but usually receives the brush-off. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 1 Jan. 2024

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“The brush-off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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