Definition of not to be sneezed at in English:

not to be sneezed at

phrase

informal
  • Not to be rejected without careful consideration; worth having or taking into account.

    ‘a saving of £550 was not to be sneezed at’
    • ‘Finally, it protects against the state reneging on its promises which, given the history of pensions, is not to be sneezed at.’
    • ‘This extra 15% is certainly not to be sneezed at.’
    • ‘It also accounts for about 20% of industrial employment, which is not to be sneezed at given the strong presence of multinationals in the sector.’
    • ‘Of course, the conductor's role is not to be sneezed at here.’
    • ‘The 15,000 pound prize awarded to the laureate is not to be sneezed at but the chance of working with the London Symphony Orchestra for a year is to dream of.’
    • ‘Fuel consumption figures for the combined cycle are a healthy 49 mpg - not to be sneezed at, especially with ever-increasing petrol prices.’
    • ‘This cost is not to be sneezed at and can be as much as 3,5% of the total value of your estate.’
    • ‘The company is expected to grow profits by 17% in 2004, which in a low-growth economy is not to be sneezed at.’
    • ‘I'm not prejudging the result of the investigation but £70,000 is not to be sneezed at for them.’
    • ‘Over a gig that lasted a good two and a half hours - not to be sneezed at in this day and age - about two thirds of his set consisted of the new material that was the purported reason for this mini-tour in the first place.’
    worth having, considerable, substantial, sizeable, fairly large, largish, biggish, significant
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