the brush-off

noun phrase

Definition of the brush-off

informal
: 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.

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“The brush-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20brush-off. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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