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Shrug Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    shrug n : a gesture involving the shoulders v : raise one's shoulders to indicate indifference or resignation [also: shrugging, shrugged]
Shrug Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Shrug \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.
Shrug Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Shrug \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.
Shrug Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Shrug \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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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Shrug'


A shrug is a form of nonverbal communication that is performed by lifting both shoulders up, and is an indication of an individual either not knowing an answer to a question, or not caring about a result. It can also be used when someone is simply ignoring the person's question. It may be accentuated with raised eyebrows and/or an exaggerated frown. It is very common in American 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". The shrug is relatively absent from Eastern culture.

This gesture is often accompanied by raised palms, as shown in the illustration.

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  • Asia Shares Rise, Shrug off Slower China Growth
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  • Averages shrug off higher yields and declines in some big names
    The major averages are managing to hang in there - S&P 500 ( SPY +0.1% ), Nasdaq 100 ( QQQ ) - despite sizable earnings-related declines in a number of high-profile names. IBM -3.4% , Google -4.5% , American Express -2% , and Chipotle Mexican Grill -1.9% . United Health -3.7% , and leading health insurer stocks lower amid dour comments on Medicare rate cuts and hi Read more on this news related to 'Shrug'
  • World shares rise, shrug off slower China growth
    TOKYO (AP) — World stock markets rose Wednesday as China's slowdown in the first quarter was less severe than expected. Read more on this news related to 'Shrug'

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