One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘retailers have been flouting the law by selling tobacco to under-16s’
defy, refuse to obey, go against, rebel against, scorn, disdain, show contempt for, fly in the face of, thumb one's nose at, make a fool of, poke fun at
disobey, break, violate, fail to comply with, fail to observe, contravene, infringe, breach, commit a breach of, transgress against
ignore, disregard, set one's face against, kick against
informal cock a snook at
archaic set at naught
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