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shrug

I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dismissive gesture/wave/shrug etc
▪ Cath spread both hands in a dismissive gesture.
shrug your shoulders (=raise them to show that you do not know or care about something)
▪ Susan just shrugged her shoulders and said nothing.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
helplessly
▪ Rex, pardon me, but you don't seem to be shrugging helplessly or shaking your head.
▪ Miguel could picture him turning, shrugging helplessly.
just
▪ Jimmy looked enquiringly at him and Pete just shrugged his shoulders.
▪ I just shrugged and started the movie.
▪ Some just shrug at the idea, and change the subject.
▪ She asked Wyatt about it, but he just shrugged.
▪ I offered my thanks to Oliver, and even suggested some debt restructuring by way of gratitude, but he just shrugged it off.
▪ Shaker just shrugged and looked unhappy.
▪ I just shrugged, but I was impressed that she'd actually remembered Radish's name.
▪ We could just shrug, and say that's what you get for being poor.
off
▪ The royals will try to shrug off their problems and put on a good show for Margaret.
▪ He shrugs off his methamphetamine use during the summer.
▪ He shrugs off calls to slow down and won't stop working to go to the toilet.
▪ In this way he shrugged off all responsibility for the project.
▪ Internazionale shrugged off defeat by Malmo to beat the leaders, Roma, also by 3-0.
▪ Yet constitutional monarchists would be foolish to shrug off the event.
▪ I quit cold turkey some 25 years ago, but the specialists simply shrug off this kind of information.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Doug shrugged his shoulders in a familiar attitude of annoyance.
▪ It sort of humped up in the middle, sucking water with it, shrugging sprays of water from its wavy edges!
▪ Jacob shrugs off the criticism, claiming she is working for the taxpayers, not special-interest groups.
▪ Mr. Mendez shrugged and both of them turned to the adobe.
▪ She could see shrugging impatience in his shoulders.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
little
▪ At last, Auster gave a little shrug, which seemed to acknowledge that they had come to an impasse.
slight
▪ Well, she supposed, with a slight shrug, whatever turned you on - only it didn't; not really.
small
▪ Again he did not respond, except perhaps for the smallest of shrugs.
▪ The boy made a small shrug only having to do with getting hit from behind.
■ VERB
give
▪ As I thanked her, Marie looked over her shoulder at Bobbie and gave a little shrug, sharing the joke with her.
▪ At last, Auster gave a little shrug, which seemed to acknowledge that they had come to an impasse.
▪ For a moment she hesitated, then gave a mental shrug.
▪ She knew he'd take the credit for her ideas; then she gave a mental shrug.
▪ For not immediately obeying him, or for her very presence? she wondered briefly, then gave a mental shrug.
▪ Trent repeated his broadcast to Caspar and gave Mariana a shrug.
▪ Glancing sideways at her companion, she gave a resigned shrug.
▪ Then she gave a tiny shrug.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Henry returned to his seat with an arrogant shrug of his shoulders.
▪ It was a shrug the shoulders, sink the hands deep in the pockets and be fed up about the running nose cold.
▪ Then, with a shrug, she opened one of the cubicle doors and ushered him inside.
▪ With 64,000 people crammed into every square mile, the most utterly bizarre happenings raise barely a shrug of the shoulders.
▪ With a faint shrug, he walked out, closing the door firmly behind him.
Wikipedia

Shrug (band)

Shrug were a three-piece alternative rock band from Northern Ireland formed by students Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland and Michael Morrison in September 1994 while in their first year at the University of Dundee.

Shrug (disambiguation)

A shrug is a gesture that indicates either indifference or lack of knowledge.

"Shrug" can also refer to:

  • Shoulder shrug, a weight training exercise
  • Shrug (band), a band that later became Snow Patrol
  • Shrug (clothing), an article of clothing
  • "Shrug", a verb the means to cast off, as found in the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged

Shrug

A shrug is a gesture that is performed by lifting both shoulders up, and is a representation of an individual either not knowing an answer to a question, or not caring about a result. It is an emblem, meaning that it integrates the vocabulary of only certain cultures and may be used in place of words. It can also be used when someone is simply ignoring the person's question. It may be accentuated with raised eyebrows, a turned-down mouth and/or an exaggerated frown, and can be accompanied by raised palms. It is very common in Western culture, rather than saying "I don't know", they would simply perform a shrug. In the English-speaking world it may be accompanied by a three-syllable grunt or hummed mumble mimicking the intonation of "I dunno".

A specific rendezvous of chronic shoulder shrugs, also misconceived, are the symptomatic tics of Tourette syndrome. Shrugging by coping with indifference and indecision, psychotherapeutic or psychoanalytic the effectuated unconditional aspect can indicate anxiety and numerous psychological disorders: a solute example is schizoid personality disorder.

The shrug gesture is a Unicode emoji included as . The shrug emoticon is also typed as ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .

Shrug (clothing)

A shrug is a cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted, usually for women. Generally, a shrug covers less of the body than a vest would, but it is more tailored than a shawl. Shrugs are typically worn as the outermost layer of an outfit, with a full shirt, tank top, or dress beneath.

A shrug covers a small portion of the upper body. Some shrugs are tied together just below the bustline. Another style is cut off at the sides and thus little more than a pair of sleeves joined at the back.

A bolero jacket or bolero (pronounced /bollero/) is a more formal garment of similar construction but made of stiffer fabric, essentially a short tailored jacket, inspired by the matador's chaquetilla. Like the shrug, the sides of the bolero only meet at one point.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

shrug

shrug \shrug\, n. A gesture consisting of drawing up the shoulders, -- a motion usually expressing doubt, indifference, or dislike; -- it is sometimes accompanied by a slight turning of the hands outward or upward. Such a gesture may be made, as in answering "who knows" to a question, suggesting utter ignorance of an answer and a disinclination to pursue the topic further.

On Sept. 23, in a major speech in New York, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commision, Arthur Levitt asked the Big Board to spike the rule [Rule 390] in the interest of free and unfettered markets. . . . Mr. Grasso responded with a shrug, saying that he had no plans to kill the rule.
--Gretchen Morgenson (N. Y. Times Nov. 28, 1999 sect. 3 p. 1.

The Spaniards talk in dialogues Of heads and shoulders, nods and shrugs.
--Hudibras.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

shrug

a shoulder motion meant to express indifference, want of an answer, etc., 1590s, from shrug (v.).

shrug

c.1400, schurgyng, of uncertain origin. Perhaps connected to Danish skrugge "to stoop, crouch." Related: Shrugged; shrugging. To shrug (something) off "dismiss" is recorded from 1909.

Wiktionary

shrug

n. 1 A lifting of the shoulders to signal indifference. 2 A cropped, cardigan-like garment with short or long sleeves, typically knitted. vb. (context ambitransitive English) To raise (the shoulders) to express uncertainty, lack of concern, (formerly) dread, etc.

WordNet

shrug

  1. n. a gesture involving the shoulders

  2. [also: shrugging, shrugged]

shrug

  1. v. raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation

  2. [also: shrugging, shrugged]

Usage examples of "shrug".

Although he suspected the accusatory look resulted more from frustration than anger, when Marguerite merely shrugged and laid back against her pillow, Germaine concluded they had taxed her limited strength enough for one day.

Janaki glanced at the guns, then arched an eyebrow at the artillerist, and Mesaion shrugged.

The big, fair-haired foot baller smiled across at Sarah apologetically, then shrugged his wide shoulders.

De Batz, with a gesture of contempt indicative also of complete self-satisfaction and unalterable self-belief, shrugged his broad shoulders.

Whereupon Heeber whipped off his apron, shrugged his meat-cleaver shoulders into a tweed coat, jumped up in the air and slid down inside his raincoat, slung on his beardy cap, and thrust us at the door.

The girl gave him a helpless, half-amused shrug of her eyebrows, and Rudy gallantly stooped to gather the bearskin in his arms.

Tommy said, casually shrugging big shoulders inside a baggy silk blouson that had gone out of fashion a couple of years previously.

So that it was with a mutual shrug for this display of personality that Brat and Bee greeted each other.

The innkeeper stared at Brett, shrugged his shoulders and spread his hands indicating that he did not understand him.

With nightfall the full weight of his responsibility fell across his back like a leaden yoke, and try as he might, Brine could not shrug it off.

But Brushy Jim was unpredictable, and he had a hair-trigger temper, so she decided that a shrug was the safest response.

She took a look inside, shook her head, and began to shrug her burka over her shoulders where she stood, keeping her back to us.

I saw the sheen of her olive skin and the curve of her breasts as she shrugged her burka over her head and shoulders.

The atrocities of biological experimentation can no more be dismissed with a shrug of incredulity than one can sneer at the agonies of Gerard or Damiens because they, too, suggest a heartlessness in the men of that time which our finer civilization can hardly conceive.

For a moment Sinon toyed with the idea of blackmail, then he laughed, shrugged, tossed an expiatory drachma into the briskly foaming wake as an offering to Poseidon.