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shrug sth off

verb [I or T] uk phrasal verb with shrug   /ʃrʌɡ/ (-gg-) us  

(NOT WORRY)

to treat something as if it is not important or not a problem: The stock market shrugged off the economic gloom and rose by 1.5 percent. You're a father and you can't simply shrug off your responsibility for your children.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention

(NOT KEEP)

to get rid of something unpleasant that you do not want: I hope I can shrug off this cold before I go on holiday. The city is trying to shrug off its industrial image and promote itself as a tourist centre.
See also
Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
(Definition of shrug sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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