1. to decline to accept; reject

2.
a. to decline to do, give, or grant
b. to decline: with an infinitive object: to refuse to go

3.
a. to decline to accept or submit to (a command, etc.); decline to undergo
b. to decline to grant the request of (a person)

4. to stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it: said of a horse

5. Obsolete to renounce

6. anything thrown away or rejected as worthless or useless; waste; trash; rubbish
I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fibre and liquids, and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.

-Ellison, Ralph Waldo

Invisible Man, prologue.

The vital accessories to my work are my reference books, such as the complete Shakespeare and a prayer book, and a large refuse bin.

-Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret

In The Guardian, 8 Aug.
by kenobi1985 December 28, 2010
To decline an offer outright. Does not apply to offers of motorbike rides.
She was asked to come on a motorbike ride and couldn't refuse.
by firnherder October 16, 2013

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