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English definition of “shrug sth off”

shrug sth off

(NOT WORRY) phrasal verb with shrug     /ʃrʌɡ/ verb [I or T] (-gg-)
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
(Definition of shrug sth off (NOT WORRY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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