shrug sth off Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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shrug sth off

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

shrug sth off (NOT WORRY)

to ​treat something as if it is not ​important or not a ​problem: The ​stockmarketshrugged off the ​economicgloom and ​rose by 1.5 ​percent. You're a ​father and you can't ​simplyshrug off ​your responsibility for ​yourchildren.

shrug sth off (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 ​itsindustrial image and ​promote itself as a ​touristcentre.
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