blow a raspberry

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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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Blows raspberries at you - this is a cue for games where you imitate noises.
As well as impersonating The Voice from the Valleys, Charlie also counts, sings Humpty Dumpty, blows raspberries and tells the dogs to "sit" and "be quiet".
But the cartoon marked an animation landmark with its synchronized sound track where Mickey whistles and blows raspberries at the irascible ship's captain, a large tobacco-chewing cat called Captain Pete.
He blows raspberries and kisses and claps his hands and says dadda and mama.
I usually think of me making a complete prat of myself trying to make her laugh at some reception or other, standing with lots of other journalists and telling her a silly story about a horse that blows raspberries and the joke falling absolutely flat.
HAPPY: They squeal with delight as they splash around in the water on their California holiday; COME TO MAMA: Kori warms to stepmother Britney as the singer blows raspberries in the pool; CUDDLE: Britney with husband Kevin