Definition of thumb one's nose at in English:

thumb one's nose at

phrase

informal
  • Show disdain or contempt for.

    ‘high-strung and unpredictable, he routinely thumbed his nose at authority’
    • ‘William Kristol has used the page to attack Colin Powell, George Will to thumb his nose at the State Department and Robert Novak to deride the CIA.’
    • ‘We cannot allow activist local elected officials to thumb their nose at 5,000 years of human history.’
    • ‘Even more significantly, in having married a black woman, Becker seemed to be thumbing his nose at deeply ingrained Aryan idealism.’
    • ‘By thumbing our nose at the world and dismissing the consensus views of the scientific community, we are scaring off that talent and sending it to our competitors.’
    • ‘You can thumb your nose at all the people who are younger than you’
    • ‘Yet instead of pursuing a bi-partisan agenda, he has thumbed his nose at over half of the American population.’
    • ‘He had the women, he had the gadgets and he was thumbing his nose at what was considered politically correct at the time.’
    • ‘The reader or viewer who thumbs his nose at the copyright notice risks receiving a threatening letter from the copyright owner.’
    • ‘All you know is, there's no rule she's afraid to thumb her nose at.’
    • ‘There is nothing ordinary about a man who thumbs his nose at the system of justice and to reward him, in effect, with a pardon.’
    defy, go against, rebel against, flout, fly in the face of, disobey, refuse to obey, disregard, ignore, set one's face against, kick against
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