"snubbing your nose"

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu May 10 19:14:12 UTC 2007

Just to clarify, although I'm long familiar with the
phrase "snub your nose at", I've never associated it
with any specific action, but rather with an attitude.

--- "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> wrote:

> Now I've found several examples of "snub [one's]
> nose at" = "show
> disdain/contempt for", back to 1913. I can quote a
> few if anybody's interested.
> However, the usage is apparently figurative in all
> the examples I've seen.
> I think this is similar to figurative "thumb [one's]
> nose at" and also to
> figurative "turn up [one's] nose at".
> The literal version of "thumb one's nose at" is
> usually understood to be
> "cock a snook at" or "put the thumb to the nose and
> wiggle the fingers
> toward", I suppose. I don't know whether there are
> or have been other
> gestures with similar import also called
> "nose-thumbing".
> The literal version of "turn up one's nose at" would
> be -- I suppose --
> "tilt one's head back at" or so. Does anybody have a
> better or alternative
> notion? I don't know whether there is or was a
> variant wherein one actually
> pushes his nose up/back with his hand (maybe like
> the Japanese "pig-nose"
> gesture for "ugly").
> So what would be the literal version of "snub one's
> nose"? One of the
> above? Or something else entirely?
> There's also "[nothing to] sneeze at" ... related?
> -- Doug Wilson
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