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English definition of “shrug”


verb [I/T]    /ʃrʌɡ/ (-gg-)
to raise your shoulders to express that you do not know , do not care , or are not sure about something: [I] My brother just shrugged in reply , too lazy to answer in words. shrug    /ʃrʌɡ/ noun [C] Bill’s only explanation was a careless shrug of his shoulders .
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