Definition of not to be sniffed at in English:

not to be sniffed at

phrase

informal
  • Worth having, accepting, or taking into account.

    ‘the price is not to be sniffed at’
    • ‘A rent of £5,000 a year plus a share of the operating profits is a figure not to be sniffed at by hard-pressed churches.’
    • ‘And, as eight of those players have been granted first team squad numbers while the rest are among the cream of Britain's young crop, then the scoreline is not to be sniffed at.’
    • ‘However, as these normally offer an attractive range of benefits, including an inflation-proofed pension in some cases, they are not to be sniffed at.’
    • ‘They organised games and refreshments and raised money as well, which is not to be sniffed at.’
    • ‘It is a four horsepower steam engine which is the equivalent of about 44 horsepower as we know it today - not to be sniffed at at all!’
    • ‘A degree of caution in analysing the figures is certainly justified, but the government's record is not to be sniffed at.’
    • ‘Their salaries apart (and they're not to be sniffed at either), the expenses really are generous and are way above what most of us can claim in our respective spheres of employment.’
    • ‘The value of good marketing is not to be sniffed at.’
    • ‘If the message is one of interdependence and kinship, then it's not to be sniffed at.’
    • ‘That's not to be sniffed at in any shape or form, more especially at a time when our local unemployment figures remain unacceptably high.’