v. shrugged, shrug·ging, shrugs
To raise (the shoulders), especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
To raise the shoulders, especially as a gesture of doubt, disdain, or indifference.
1. An expressive gesture of raising the shoulders.
2. A very short jacket or sweater, having long or short sleeves and usually worn open down the front.
1. To minimize the importance of: shrugged off the defeat and talked about tonight's game.
2. To get rid of: shrug off a burden.
3. To wriggle out of (clothing).
[Middle English shruggen.]
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