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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybrush off
he/she/itbrushes off
present participlebrushing off
past tensebrushed off
past participlebrushed off

Related meanings

  1. to refuse to listen to someone, or to accept that something might be true or important

    The Foreign Secretary brushed off suggestions that he had considered resigning.

    I tried to tell him, but he just brushed me off.

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