cock a snook

cock a snook

  (British old-fashioned)
to show that you do not respect something or someone by doing something that insults them (usually + at ) In the end he refused to accept his award, cocking a snook at the film industry for which he had such contempt.
See also: cock, snook

cock a snook

Thumb one's nose, as in As soon as the teacher turned her back, the boys cocked a snook at her. This expression was first recorded in 1791 and the precise source of snook, here used in the sense of "a derisive gesture," has been lost. It is more widely used in Britain but is not unknown in America.
See also: cock, snook
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Kerry-Anne Richardson, who runs Cock A Snook Tattoo Parlour in Heaton, Newcastle, is raising thousands of pounds for charity Mind.
May Phil's pen continue to write on for many years, his old tractor harrow many more acres and Phil himself continue to cock a snook at politicians.
IThe Chancellor's decision to cock a snook at Scotland's bid to set its own levels of Air Passenger Duty is, of course, good for the North.
Youngsters now cock a snook at anyone who dares chastise them.
The next time you're at the airport, excited about jetting off on holiday, simply use this gizmo to weigh your cases quickly and accurately - in pounds or kilograms - and cock a snook at the over-zealous check-in staff (not literally, you still need to get on the flight).
Worse still, as if to cock a snook at the natural environment, the proponents have chosen a site that falls on part of the Denbigh Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a protected historic landscape where some of Britain's rarest birds nest and feed.
That's why the cock-a-hoop Aussies have been well-backed to cock a snook at Andrew Strauss's (right) boys in the Fourth Test.
DAR ReMi can cock a snook A in the face of history by w r in-ning the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
Just as the public were clamouring for Best Mate to undertake a more combative schedule, it seemed that the Moscow Flyer camp were doing their bit to cock a snook at such negative tactics by considering letting the horse take his chance against the best three-milers.
If it just happens to cock a snook at the legions of ambulance-chasing lawyers who perpetuate the compensation culture for their own benefit, well what can be wrong with that?
Those who cock a snook at our legal system must not only be dealt with, they must be seen to be dealt with, if it is to have any credibility.
I know it won't bring the trees back, but hopefully will cock a snook at the greedy developers who don't give a damn.
Instead of setting an example to the populace these so-called representatives of the masses cock a snook at those struggling to keep their heads above water.
I am doing it to cock a snook at the young, slim and dewy.
It is ridiculous that banks continue to cock a snook at the Government and public with regard to bonuses and final-deal settlements.