sneer at


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sneer at someone or something

to make a haughty or deprecating face at someone or something; to show one's contempt for someone or something. I asked her politely to give me some more room, and she just sneered at me. Jamie sneered at the report that Ken had submitted.
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So what we need are politicians who don't sneer at us and talk endlessly about our failings, but champion our achievements and talk about the possibilities for our children's futures.
To sneer at people who hold these views because they are allegedly members of something called the "chattering classes" (philistine-speak for people who take an informed interest in current affairs), and may or may not live in Selly Oak or Kings Heath and go to dinner parties, is gratuitously insulting and, frankly, childish.
Noisy, jerky, greedy for diesel, and with interiors styled by what appear to have been a cage of drug-crazed monkeys let loose with tiny tots' paint boxes, the new buses sneer at the quiet refinement of their purpose-built predecessors.
One of the reason that these shows are appealing and have been successful is that they give the viewer a chance to sneer at these loopy, out-of-touch, dysfunctional rich people.
In our time of blatant corporate criminality and economic uncertainty, it's always fun to sneer at the fat cats - and to share the fantasy that they'll pay for whatever it is they keep doing to us.
They just sneer at the whole crowd; tell you in luscious detail what a bunch of boobs they are and leave it at that.
Someone in African history or Mesopotamian history or American colonial history or (I am not making this up) Viking history runs across Polanyi's book, from which he discovers that he does not have to learn economics to sneer at markets.
WHEN people sneer at Essex what they are really sneering at is the working class.
American Porn'' wants it both ways, to wallow in the titillation and to sneer at its subject matter.
People of this sort re-offend and sneer at the authorities.
As long as bin Laden is free to sneer at the world, the war on terrorism will never be won.
Today's cynical entertainers not only don't respect the virtues honored by older generations, they go out of their way to sneer at them.
He said: "People's initial reaction was to laugh and sneer at him - as he said in the interview, he turned round and said 'look, here I am, laugh and sneer at me if you want to'.
At the same time, you know, they didn't sneer at me, either.