nothing to sniff at

nothing to sniff at

Not something that should be ignored, dismissed, or treated with disdain; something that is not inconsequential. The amount of votes she managed to muster is nothing to sniff at. Sure, a hundred bucks isn't a huge amount to have won, but it's definitely nothing to sniff at!
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Being able to play the lead in a national tour is nothing to sniff at,'' Brooks said.
Although sight and hearing outweigh smell as senses necessary for finding food, evading dangers and other daily necessities, the need to discriminate between similar odors is nothing to sniff at, Keller asserts.
Animal expert Vivian Silverstein has advice on a buying a pair of puppies and cats losing their claws around the house, plus why a canine sense of smell is nothing to sniff at.
ThatEos nothing to sniff at, though it may be only about 4 per cent of the 2008 gross domestic product of the country, which was $468 billion.
And strong calves are nothing to sniff at, as a dairy-farming friend of mine once may well have remarked.
A reader recently drew my attention to something that I had written in a "Driven" review of the 2003 Toyota Corolla Type S regarding fuel efficiency: "and I got more than 40 mpg on the freeway run, which is nothing to sniff at when gas is at a buck and a half a gallon.
To be sure, there are efforts being made by, say, General Motors, but when it comes to salable hybrid vehicles, there were 137,114 Priuses sold through September 2007, which is nothing to sniff at.