Значение идиомы thumb one’s nose

[thumb one’s nose] {v. phr.} 1. To hold one’s open hand in front ofone’s face with one’s thumb pointed at one’s nose as a sign of scornor dislike.

After Bob ran into the house he thumbed his nose at Tomthrough the window.

2. {informal} To look with disfavor or dislike;regard with scorn; refuse to obey. – Used with “at”.

Betty thumbedher nose at her mother’s command to stay home.

Mary thumbed hernose at convention by wearing odd clothes.

Compare: LOOK DOWN ON.

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