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nothing to be sneezed 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 be sneezed at. Sure, a hundred bucks isn't a huge amount to have won, but it's definitely nothing to be sneezed at!
See also: nothing, sneeze

nothing to sneeze at

Not something that should be ignored, dismissed, or treated with disdain; something that is not inconsequential. She never really had a chance of winning, but the amount of votes she managed to muster is truly nothing to sneeze at. Sure, a hundred bucks isn't a huge amount to have won, but it's definitely nothing to sneeze at!
See also: nothing, sneeze

when (something) sneezes, (something else) catches a cold

When a person, group, or entity has a problem or experiences a negative situation, a related person, group, or entity will consequently have a worse problem or will experience a more negative situation. When Paris sneezes, Europe catches a cold. Terrorism in France affects security throughout the continent.
See also: catch, cold

if (something) sneezes, (something else) catches a cold

When a person, group, or entity has a problem or experiences a negative situation, a related person, group, or entity will consequently have a worse problem or will experience a more negative situation. If Paris sneezes, Europe catches a cold. Terrorism in France affects security throughout the continent.
See also: catch, cold, if

nothing to sneeze at

 and nothing to be sneezed
See also: nothing, sneeze

sneeze at someone

to sneeze in someone's direction. Please don't sneeze at me! Cover your nose and mouth! You should never sneeze at anyone. It is very bad manners.
See also: sneeze

sneeze at something

Fig. to indicate one's disapproval of something; to belittle someone or something. I wouldn't sneeze at that amount of money if I were you. It's better than nothing. I though it was a good offer, but the customer just sneezed at it.
See also: sneeze

sneeze into something

to aim a sneeze into something. You should always sneeze into a handkerchief. Please sneeze into a tissue or something.
See also: sneeze

sneeze on someone or something

to aim a sneeze onto someone or something, probably by accident. Don't sneeze on me! Don't sneeze on anything. Cover your nose and mouth!
See also: on, sneeze

not to be sneezed at

Also, nothing to sneeze at. Not to be ignored or dismissed, as in It's a great honor, not to be sneezed at, or That salary of his is nothing to sneeze at. This expression presumably alludes to turning up one's nose in disdain. [c. 1800]
See also: not, sneeze

when the US/UK/China, etc. sneezes, Japan/Germany, etc. catches cold

or

when the US/UK/China, etc. sneezes, Japan/Germany, etc. catches a cold

mainly BRITISH
If you say that when a particular country sneezes, another catches cold, or catches a cold, you mean that what happens to the first country has a great effect or influence on the second. And when the American economy sneezes, the City of London catches cold. As they say, when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.
See also: catch, cold

not to be sneezed at

or

not to be sniffed at

INFORMAL
If something is not to be sneezed at or not to be sniffed at, it is worth having. The money's not to be sneezed at. At least she had somewhere to live and a job — both temporary, but not to be sniffed at.
See also: not, sneeze

sneeze at

v.
To treat something as unimportant. Used chiefly in the passive with a negative word: The critical nature of the job at hand is not to be sneezed at.
See also: sneeze

nothing to sneeze at

n. no small amount of money; something not inconsequential. It’s not a lot of money, but it’s nothing to sneeze at.
See also: nothing, sneeze
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In both Israel and Iran, people wish the sneezer health: La'Briut in Hebrew, Afiyat bashe in Farsi.
The implosive or Mousey Sneezer proved an interesting category, as it was seen in both positive and negative terms.
The Nice Sneezer is someone with no showy histrionics, a Be-right Sneezer is dignified and moderate while a Get-it-done Sneezer is a no nonsense person.
Dr Whizz would have given The Sneezer a real race at Gowran last time but for his fall three out in a handicap chase that has worked out well.
OF ALL the decisions Tom Doyle has taken lately, sending The Sneezer into an uncontested lead at Fairyhouse in January was the least taxing.
The hat-trick completed by The Sneezer when winning the Shamrock Handicap Chase at Gowran on Saturday means he goes up another 8lb to 125, a total rise of 25lb for his three wins.
THE Tom Nagle-trained The Sneezer completed a hat-trick over fences and recorded the biggest success of his career when landing the feature Shamrock Handicap Chase.
TJ Nagle jnr, trainer of The Sneezer "He came out of the last race fairly well.
TJ Nagle jnr, trainer of The Sneezer "Hopefully he can put in a performance like when making all at Fairyhouse, but he's the highest he's ever been rated on 109 and I have a doubt about him liking going left-handed.
The handicap chase on Saturday was dominated from start to finish by The Sneezer under Tom Doyle, who is riding outstandingly well.
Professor Langer has two theories: the first is that the brain's visual system is more sensitive in solar sneezers and bright light triggers a response from the part of the brain which controls sneezing.
Some cats can also become carriers of the viruses that cause the disease and about 10 per cert can become chronic sneezers.
Rutherford sounds note of warning, precautions should be taken to prevent influenza, eject sneezers from public places is urged.
But the result is more sneezers and wheezers turning to clinics and medical offices to seek relief from visits to the park, hikes into the canyons or walks with the dog.