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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

 and nothing to be sneezed
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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.
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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.
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sneeze into something

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

nothing to sneeze at

something that deserves serious attention An extra two thousand bucks a year is nothing to sneeze at.
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when somebody/something sneezes, somebody/something catches a cold

  (mainly British) also if somebody/something catches a cold, somebody/something gets pneumonia (mainly British)
when one person or organization has a problem, this problem has a much worse effect on another person or organization When New York sneezes, I'm afraid London catches a cold - that is just the way the stock markets operate now. If the country's economy catches a cold, local businesses get pneumonia.
See hard cash, catch cold, leave cold, leave out in the cold, in a sweat
See also: catch, cold

not to be sneezed/sniffed at

  (informal)
1. if something, especially an amount of money, is not to be sneezed at, it is large enough to be worth having And there's the increase in salary to be considered. £3000 extra a year is not to be sneezed at.
2. if something or someone is not to be sneezed at, they are important or dangerous enough to deserve serious attention Goodman is not a man to be sniffed at. (American & Australian informal)
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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]
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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.
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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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So, Sneezy has used that pebble to start a nest and then she will go and find the perfect pebbles to finish it off.
After making it back to owner Sharron Espin in Coventry after three days missing, Sneezy was rushed to the vets for emergency surgery to remove the bone.
from left) Dopey, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grump, Bashful, Happy and Doc meet their namesakes.
Boss Steve Watson will wait until before the game before deciding which of his squad are the least sneezy and may introduce a few new faces.
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That evening she developed a mild, sneezy cold and that was all it took to trigger long-term chronic ME and seven years of hell.
SNEEZY DOES IT If you're trying to combat your hay fever symptoms, the last thing you want is to be left feeling drowsy.
D WILKINSON The early morning bus Scores of feet in working shoes Hurry from the paper shop To join the early morning queues Where the corporation buses stop Bad legs and bouncing boobs Can''t hurry down the street But she never fails to catch a bus And she always gets a seat The man with the morning after face With breath like perfumed onions Tries to be sympathetic When she talks about her bunions Dopey, sleepy and sneezy Bleary eyed behind their glasses Always make the driver grin Because they''re smiling on their passes V CRANMER, Battlehill, Wallsend.
LIKE THIS The dwarfs have been given new names - no sign of Sneezy, Bashful or Happy.
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RUSSELL YOULL AAACHOO: Eloise Irving as Snow White with Sneezy at Wolverhampton Grand Picture: Graeme Braidwood.
Movie bosses have dumped the lovable names Disney gave the dwarfs - Happy, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Bashful and Doc - and their Hi-ho, Hi-ho song.
Today's question is: "Six of the dwarfs are Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy and Grumpy.