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English definition of “shrug sth off”

shrug sth off

(NOT KEEP) phrasal verb with shrug     /ʃrʌɡ/ verb [I or T] (-gg-)
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 shake sth offRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
(Definition of shrug sth off (NOT KEEP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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