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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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  • LeBron James, Heat shrug off Bobcats' best shot in Game 2 victory
    After taking a forearm to the throat from Josh McRoberts, LeBron James was in obvious discomfort. But true to form, he -- and the Heat -- were able to get back up and finish off a their win in Game 2. Read more on this news related to 'Shrug'
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  • Asian markets shrug off Chinese manufacturing data
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