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To fail or refuse to communicate with someone - thesaurus

Synonyms

avoid

verb

to make certain that you do not meet or communicate with someone

brush off

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

shun

verb

to deliberately avoid a person, place, or activity

snub

verb

to insult someone by ignoring them or being rude to them

look through

to not recognize, or to pretend not to recognize, someone who you know

blank

verb

Britishspoken to deliberately ignore someone, as if you have not seen or heard them

spurn

verb

literary to refuse to accept someone’s love or friendship

stand up

informal to not come to meet someone who you have arranged to meet, especially someone who you are having or starting a sexual or romantic relationship with

keep your distance

to avoid becoming friendly with someone

get/be given the cold shoulder

to be treated in an unfriendly way by someone you know

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brush-off

noun

informal a clear sign to someone that you are not interested in them or in their ideas

cold-shoulder

verb

to be unfriendly towards someone you know

cut someone dead

to pretend not to see or recognize someone that you know, or to refuse to talk to them

keep someone at a distance

to not let someone become friendly with you

ostracise

a British spelling of ostracize

ostracize

verb

to stop accepting someone as a member of a group and refuse to talk or listen to them

push away

to show that you do not want someone’s help or attention

rebuff

verb

formal to refuse to talk to someone or do what they suggest

repulse

verb

formal to refuse someone’s offer of help or friendship in an unpleasant way

send someone to Coventry

Britishinformal to punish someone by ignoring them and not speaking to them

shut/slam the door in someone’s face

to rudely tell or show someone that you are not interested in listening to their opinion or in helping them

the silent treatment

behaviour that involves not speaking to someone as a way of showing that you do not approve of them

slight

verb

to be rude to someone by ignoring them or by not showing them respect

snub

noun

an action or remark that is intended to snub someone

wall

noun

emotions or behaviour that prevent people from feeling close to each other

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