curl (one's) lip

(redirected from curled his lip)
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

curl (one's) lip

To sneer at something. When I heard what was for dinner, I curled my lip in disgust. Don't you curl your lip at me! I did nothing wrong here!
See also: curl, lip

curl your lip

raise a corner of your upper lip to show contempt; sneer.
See also: curl, lip
References in classic literature ?
Staveley curled his lip and said that you might have the most artistic tastes, but that you were a man whom no pure-minded girl should be allowed to know, and whom no chaste woman should sit in the same room with.
As he heard the proud daughter of Simon de Montfort declare her love for the Devil of Torn a cruel smile curled his lip.
Don Pedro frowned and curled his lip, but the prince smiled and nodded his approbation.
said Doctor Clarke; and, moved by a deep sense of human weakness, a smile of caustic humor curled his lip even then.
IT'S almost 40 years since he last swivelled his hips and curled his lip on stage, but King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis is to perform again as a hologram.
But he also curled his lip when asked: 'Is Cahill an Everton legend?
David Moyes, who shrugged and curled his lip when discussing many aspects of Everton's performance in a 1-1 draw, became more animated talking about the Portuguese.
Eton-educated Mr Cameron curled his lip to retort to the one-time brickie: "I've absolutely no idea who you are.
A s p o o r Pe g g y t r i e d desperately to wean her coke-crazed son off drugs, he curled his lip like Captain Hook and snarled: "There's this bloke I know.
Three years ago Russell Earnshaw, then a recent arrival in the parish of Solihull, curled his lip when the notion of a playersharing agreement was put to him.
And, hinting at fraternisation and illicit affairs to come, the baron curled his lip in the manner of every screen conqueror at the sight of the deputy governor's beautiful estranged wife.
Mr Robinson did have a valid point though, when he curled his lip and said, nay snarled, that I could obviously live without the missing clothes too, seeing as I couldn't even remember what they were.
As poor Peggy tried desperately to wean her coke-crazed son off drugs, he curled his lip like Captain Hook and snarled: "There's this bloke I know.
Ever since the man-with-no-name first curled his lip in A Fistful of Dollars, the five o'clock shadow has gone from being synonymous with cartoon robbers to being a symbol of raw masculinity.
Then he ripped open the top of his shirt, curled his lip Elvis-style and belted into Blue Suede Shoes at the top of his voice, then did Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison.