Definition of pour scorn on in English:

pour scorn on

phrase

  • Speak with contempt or mockery of.

    ‘he poured scorn on the Conservatives' pre-election assurances’
    • ‘This was a phrase that Wallis would pour scorn on when he attacked Hobbes' ideas.’
    • ‘I considered calling in the authorities, but a friend of mine pours scorn on anyone who summons the police for a problem that they could solve themselves.’
    • ‘In fact, he pours scorn on the idea that any such thing could really exist.’
    • ‘There exists a grave mistake where people think Westernisation is development and pour scorn on all who try to uphold and espouse our local traditions.’
    • ‘Doubters and critics have poured scorn on our ambitious plans or urged speed when a more thoughtful approach was deserved and required.’
    • ‘The group poured scorn on the idea that a merger between Bank of Ireland and AIB would be good for the country, saying it was ‘fantasy’.’
    • ‘She pours scorn on plans to capitalise on the growing movement for father's rights.’
    • ‘Without being triumphalist or pouring scorn on media forecasts, he admitted the build-up to the game worked out perfectly for him.’
    • ‘Many in the arts industry reacted with horror to such an idea, pouring scorn on the author.’
    • ‘I really do not want to discourage, or to pour scorn on, Mr Hide's hopes in that regard.’
    disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, belittle, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
    deride, be contemptuous about, hold in contempt, treat with contempt, heap scorn on, be scornful about, look down on, look down one's nose at, disdain, curl one's lip at, mock, scoff at, sneer at, sniff at, jeer at, laugh at, laugh out of court
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