Shrug (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shrugged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Shrugging (?).] [Probably akin to shrink, p. p. shrunk; cf. Dan. skrugge, skrukke, to stoop, dial. Sw. skrukka, skruga, to crouch.]

To draw up or contract (the shoulders), especially by way of expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like.

He shrugs his shoulders when you talk of securities. Addison.


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Shrug, v. i.

To raise or draw up the shoulders, as in expressing dislike, dread, doubt, or the like.

They grin, they shrug. They bow, they snarl, they snatch, they hug. Swift.


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Shrug, n.

A drawing up of the shoulders, -- a motion usually expressing dislike, dread, or doubt.

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


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