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shrug

verb [I or T] uk   us   /ʃrʌɡ/ (-gg-)
C2 to raise your shoulders and then lower them in order to say you do not know or are not interested: "Where's Dad?" "How should I know?" replied my brother, shrugging. He shrugged his shoulders as if to say that there was nothing he could do about it.figurative Thousands of people are starving to death while the world shrugs its shoulders (= shows no interest or care).
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shrug

noun [C] uk   us   /ʃrʌɡ/

shrug noun [C] (SHOULDER MOVEMENT)

the action of raising and lowering your shoulders to express something: "I'm afraid there's nothing I can do about your problem," she said with a shrug. "Well, I suppose we'll just have to do what he says," said Kim with a shrug of resignation.

shrug noun [C] (CLOTHES)

a short cardigan for women
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