Shrugging
Shrug Shrug (shr[u^]g), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shrugged} (shr[u^]gd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shrugging} (shr[u^]g"g[i^]ng).] [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 doubt, indifference, dislike, dread, or the like. [1913 Webster]

He shrugs his shoulders when you talk of securities. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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