shrug off his seatbelt

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
So the guy would have to move. He would have to shift the transmission, and take his foot off the brake, and shrug off his seatbelt, and flip up the armrests, and shuffle his ass across the front bench, and hang his right arm out the passenger window.
Source: The Midnight Line by Lee Child

I gloss shrug off his seatbelt = unbuckle his seat belt, right? Is this expression conversational?

Thanks you.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Did you look in the WR dictionary first? You would have found:
    • To shrug = to raise and contract the shoulders.
    • To shrug off = to rid oneself of.
    Put them together and you have: He would have to... raise and contract his shoulders to rid himself of his seatbelt.
     

    jacdac

    Senior Member
    Lebanese
    Thank you. I never thought of combining two definitions. I always looked at the best fitting definition in isolation.
     
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