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blow a raspberry

To make a sputtering noise by pressing the tongue and lips together. It can be used to express either real or faux contempt, mockery, or displeasure, or as a playful gesture toward babies or young children, who may repeat it. Jacqueline quickly blew a raspberry at Dave after he made fun of her new haircut. Tara loves hearing her baby boy giggle when she blows raspberries on his tummy.
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blow a raspberry

make a derisive or contemptuous sound with your lips.
This expression is from rhyming slang, where raspberry tart means a fart.
1996 Observer It is unthinkable that, this close to a general election, the party is going to blow a raspberry at its leader.
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A THUG blew a raspberry and stuck his fingers up at a judge as he was jailed for 16 months for shattering a man's cheekbone.
Film fans blew a raspberry at Madonna when they awarded her another tacky trophy.
The Rev Byron Evans, 59, stripped off twice and blew a raspberry at spinster Eileen Price, a court heard.
Screwing up his face Evans blew a raspberry at Miss Price.