Definition of curl one's lip in English:

curl one's lip


  • Raise a corner of one's upper lip to show contempt; sneer.

    • ‘The man looked at him through battle-hardened hazel eyes, a sneer curling his lip.’
    • ‘I show it by curling my lip in blistering disdain.’
    • ‘You're going to curl your lip, look at me meaningfully, say you want to ‘talk’ - then postpone it for 24 hours?’’
    • ‘With another sneer curling his lip, he disappeared into thin air.’
    • ‘One friend curled her lip and told him bluntly that the Kelly story wasn't relevant to her.’
    • ‘I curled my lip in disgust but I don't think he saw it.’
    • ‘He said: ‘When it came to picking the name, I went through a list of the usual type of boutique names and Angela just curled her lip.’’
    • ‘And the beat strode on, and crackled from mind to mind, snapping its fingers and curling its lip.’
    • ‘I curled my lip in condescension and shut my door firmly.’
    • ‘He curls his lip contemptuously, and gives me one of his looks.’
    curl one's lip, smile disparagingly, smile contemptuously, smile smugly, smile conceitedly, smile cruelly, smile mirthlessly, smirk, snicker, snigger
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