cock a snook

cock a snook
Australian Slang
thumbs on nose gesture

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  • cock a snook at — phrase to deliberately do something that insults someone or that shows a lack of respect for someone or something He was cocking a snook at politicians’ lifestyles. Thesaurus: to insult or offend someonesynonym Main entry: snook * * * cock a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock a snook — To make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers outstretched …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cock a snook — phrasal or cock snooks also cock a snoot : to thumb the nose an unmannerly upstart cocking snooks at venerable men Adrian Bell in the Highlands where they traditionally cock a snoot at rationing laws John Calder * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock a snook at somebody — cock a snook at sb/sth idiom (BrE) to say or do sth that clearly shows you do not respect sb/sth • to cock a snook at authority • The firm cocked a snook at the recession by doubling its workforce. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock a snook at something — cock a snook at sb/sth idiom (BrE) to say or do sth that clearly shows you do not respect sb/sth • to cock a snook at authority • The firm cocked a snook at the recession by doubling its workforce. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cock a snook — also cock snooks phrasal to thumb one s nose < cocking a snook at the establishment > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cock a snook — verb To perform a snook, a gesture of disrespect. Syn: thumb ones nose …   Wiktionary

  • cock a snook — informal, chiefly Brit. place one s hand so that the thumb touches one s nose and the fingers are spread out, in order to express contempt. → snook …   English new terms dictionary

  • cock a snook — British, old fashioned to show that you do not respect something or someone by doing something that insults them. In the end he refused to accept his award, cocking a snook at the film industry for which he had such contempt. (usually + at) …   New idioms dictionary

  • cock a snook at — to deliberately do something that insults someone or that shows a lack of respect for someone or something He was cocking a snook at politicians lifestyles …   English dictionary

  • Cock a snook — thumbs on nose gesture …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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