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cock a snook at someone

to show or express defiance or scorn at someone. He cocked a snook at the traffic cop and tore up the ticket. The boy cocked a snook at the park attendant and walked on the grass.
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cock a snook

  (British old-fashioned)
to show that you do not respect something or someone by doing something that insults them (usually + at ) In the end he refused to accept his award, cocking a snook at the film industry for which he had such contempt.
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cock a snook

Thumb one's nose, as in As soon as the teacher turned her back, the boys cocked a snook at her. This expression was first recorded in 1791 and the precise source of snook, here used in the sense of "a derisive gesture," has been lost. It is more widely used in Britain but is not unknown in America.
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Still, Snooks thinks that this setup can be changed by influencing those who finance the employment of academic economists.
Combining the Domesday Book data with a variety of auxiliary assumptions, Snooks estimates the GDP per capita for England in 1086, finding it "about the same as that for India in the mid-nineteenth century" [p.
The victim later picked out Snooks in an ID parade.
So, for three days, no-one knew about the Snooks and for all that time they lay, without food, without water and unable to move.
Joseph Nelson Howard was responsible for the death of Elizabeth Snooks.
Two men burst through a security chain when Mr Snook answered his door.
One of the men told Mr Snook to keep quiet and he would not get hurt.
Mr Snook was at his home when he heard banging at the front door.
Mr Snook told them they were too late and said: 'They were here three months ago'.
Last night, John Snook, son of the victims, said: "None of us can believe this.
Detective Superintendent Bert Swanson said last night: "To everyone on the team, Mr and Mrs Snook became like our own grandparents.
One officer said: "What happened to the Snooks highlighted a link between bogus workers and sinister criminals not seen before.
Evidence from Harold Snook, 83, and wife Elizabeth, 86, has revealed a crucial link between their attack and bogus workmen who conned them in summer, the Record can exclusively reveal.
One victim of a betting scandal was William Snook (1861-1916), arguably the greatest middle-distance runner of his era.
William Snook was born in Shrewsbury in 1861, and educated at Adbaston College in the town, where his sporting prowess was quickly evident, whether on a bike or on the track.