What is the meaning of
for English Language Learners (ELL) – those learning to speak English as a Second Language (ESL), or English as an Additional Language (EAL)
brush off someone/something
brush someone/something off
to ignore, or treat someone or something as though unimportant
1. I don’t think you should be brushing off your low grade. It could have a big impact on your overall average.
2. Famous people have to learn to brush off some of the criticism they receive.
3. They went on a date, but he said she’s difficult to get to know. Whenever he asked her anything personal, she just brushed him off.
dust your body or clothing with your hand to clean it
1. After we played with the dogs, we had to brush ourselves off.
2. Before he went onstage to give his acceptance speech, his brother brushed a small piece of lint off his suit jacket.
Note: Many phrasal verbs have more than one meaning. Not all the definitions are shown here.
|present participle||BRUSHING OFF|
|past participle||BRUSHED OFF|