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blow a raspberry

To make a sputtering noise by pressing the tongue and lips together. It can be used to express either real or faux contempt, mockery, or displeasure, or as a playful gesture. The term originated with rhyming slang, in which "raspberry tart" was used as a substitute for "fart." Jacqueline blew a raspberry at Dave after he made fun of her new haircut. Tara loves hearing her baby boy giggle when she blows raspberries on his tummy.
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blow a raspberry

make a derisive or contemptuous sound with your lips.
This expression is from rhyming slang, where raspberry tart means a fart.
1996 Observer It is unthinkable that, this close to a general election, the party is going to blow a raspberry at its leader.
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They also performed and described incongruities (deliberately making objects perform wrong actions), shared taboo themes (blowing raspberries and making rude noises), engaged in banter (lighthearted and playful teasing and rough and tumble) and clowned around (silly poses, body movements and pulling faces) to make their siblings laugh.
But 1,000 miles away in Blighty you could clearly hear the groundsman's cat blowing raspberries.
There are no words in that - it's just him as an opera singer, blowing raspberries, and it's hilarious.
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"Lauren does all the serious parenting stuff so I'm the comedian, pulling faces, sticking my tongue out and blowing raspberries. They never fail to make the kids laugh.
A large aluminum pot half full of water is wired to audio equipment in Sputterer, 1999, the Rabelaisian sound of the artist and his wife growling and blowing raspberries causing its contents to roil.
Mind you, I'd love to see the expressions on the faces of any extra-terrestrials as they pick up that signal in their galaxy: "Prepare the gamma exterminators Grorg, that huge rock over there is er, blowing raspberries at us."
It would cause disharmony in the business quarter as midday revellers headed for the Exchange Bar, blowing raspberries at their rivals glued to their desks.
'I meant the racket you make, blowing raspberries and puffing and gasping in your sleep.