curl (one's) lip

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curl (one's) lip

To sneer at something. When I heard what was for dinner, I curled my lip in disgust. Don't you curl your lip at me! I did nothing wrong here!
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curl your lip

raise a corner of your upper lip to show contempt; sneer.
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References in classic literature ?
Staveley curled his lip and said that you might have the most artistic tastes, but that you were a man whom no pure-minded girl should be allowed to know, and whom no chaste woman should sit in the same room with.
As he heard the proud daughter of Simon de Montfort declare her love for the Devil of Torn a cruel smile curled his lip.
Don Pedro frowned and curled his lip, but the prince smiled and nodded his approbation.
"Poor youth!" said Doctor Clarke; and, moved by a deep sense of human weakness, a smile of caustic humor curled his lip even then.
"You have heard of it?" "It's been explained to me." He curled his lip again and bobbed his head.
Harry Webb from India changed his name, curled his lip, acted like a sexy bachelor boy and became Britain's answer to Elvis Presley.
IT'S almost 40 years since he last swivelled his hips and curled his lip on stage, but King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis is to perform again as a hologram.
But he also curled his lip when asked: 'Is Cahill an Everton legend?' "Tim was definitely one of the best I played with," he replied "but the word great is bandied about far too easily.
David Moyes, who shrugged and curled his lip when discussing many aspects of Everton's performance in a 1-1 draw, became more animated talking about the Portuguese.
Eton-educated Mr Cameron curled his lip to retort to the one-time brickie: "I've absolutely no idea who you are."
A s p o o r Pe g g y t r i e d desperately to wean her coke-crazed son off drugs, he curled his lip like Captain Hook and snarled: "There's this bloke I know...
Three years ago Russell Earnshaw, then a recent arrival in the parish of Solihull, curled his lip when the notion of a playersharing agreement was put to him.
And, hinting at fraternisation and illicit affairs to come, the baron curled his lip in the manner of every screen conqueror at the sight of the deputy governor's beautiful estranged wife.
Mr Robinson did have a valid point though, when he curled his lip and said, nay snarled, that I could obviously live without the missing clothes too, seeing as I couldn't even remember what they were.
Francis had seen this in me, had called it my curse, and curled his lip into a rakish smile as he raised a glass and said so.