snook-cocking

snook-cocking
Adj. Showing contempt. From 'cock a snook'.

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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  • cocking a snook —    The most common name for the gesture formed by holding the thumb to the tip of the nose and spreading the fingers. Sometimes varied by waggling the fingers, or by adding the second hand (a double snook ). Also called taking a sight , cocking a …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • cocking of a snook — noun A disrespectful gesture; a snook. Syn: thumb ones nose, five fingered salute See Also: cock a snook …   Wiktionary

  • snook —    see *cocking a snook …   A Dictionary of English folklore

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

  • Types of gestures — Gestures are a form of body language or non verbal communication.Although some gestures, such as the ubiquitous act of pointing, differ little from one place to another, most gestures do not have invariable or universal meanings, having specific… …   Wikipedia

  • cock — [[t]kɒ̱k[/t]] cocks, cocking, cocked 1) N COUNT A cock is an adult male chicken. [mainly BRIT] The cock was announcing the start of a new day. Syn: rooster (in AM, use rooster) 2) N COUNT: oft N n You refer to a male bird, especially a male game… …   English dictionary

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