An expression of contempt or impatience.‘“Poison? Pshaw! The very idea!”’
- ‘EEEEWWWW pshaw what the bloody hell?’
- ‘And for those of you who don't really want details of this, pshaw!’
verb[NO OBJECT]dated, humorous
Say ‘pshaw’‘when I suggested that free trade might dilute Canadian culture, he pshawed’
- ‘‘Oh, I was a stickler for the rules,’ she pshawed, ‘I work in a bar now.’’
- ‘He pshawed me, accused me of being in denial of incipient middle-age and merely affecting to like ‘the crew’ whilst pining for Celine Dion or Dido.’
- ‘But business leaders have pshawed those claims, saying that much of the debate by critics outside the chip industry has been driven by ignorance and emotional arguments.’
- ‘But other lawmakers pshawed that notion, saying the ministry's financial report yesterday lacked substance.’
- ‘Upon hearing Kurtz's notes over the phone, one imagines the rewrite guy pshawing the angle.’
Natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the late 17th century.
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