American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An abrupt dismissal or snub.
- n. alternative spelling of brush-off.
“Bob Woodward's book 'State of Denial' says - The CIA'S top counterterrorism officials felt they could have killed Osama Bin Laden in the months before 9/11, but got the 'brushoff' when they went to the Bush White House seeking the money and authorization.”
“It's the kind of brushoff he gets all the time, but his refusal to stop asking has made him Russia's most public advocate for the rights of minority shareholders.”
“Before you ask for another chance, it helps to learn why you got the brushoff in the first place.”
“Eventually, Allison becomes so overwhelmed from Don's brushoff that she flees the circle.”
“On the subject of the new plants -- Iran says it plans to build 10 -- a formal agency request for information drew a tersely worded brushoff.”
“Our collective -- popular, governmental, corporate, media -- brushoff of economic hardship and anti-social vitriol is tragic.”
“But when Obama decided to forgo the day entirely, the brushoff got very little national media coverage.”
“But when I suggested to each of them the necessity of ending the war, I got the brushoff.”
“Given the brushoff by the western powers, he turned Communist, went off to Paris, and decades later took the nom-de-guerre Ho Chi Minh.”
“It looks as if Bill Richardson is helping himself, though, while Chris Dodd (whom I like) is getting the Invisible Man brushoff.”
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