pooh-pooh


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pooh-pooh

1. noun An outright dismissal of some argument as being unworthy of consideration or debate. My idea could save the company millions, but I'm still expecting a pooh-pooh from the board of directors because of how radical it is.
2. verb To dismiss something outright, without any due consideration or debate. Don't pooh-pooh her idea before she's had the chance to explain the ins and outs of it! He's always pooh-poohing his assistant's ideas.

poo(h)-poo(h)

(ˈpuˈpu)
tv. to belittle someone or something. He tends to pooh-pooh things he doesn’t understand.

pooh-pooh

verb
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It takes no particular courage or insight to suggest that parents try to do a good job of raising their children, or that youth sports leagues "re-examine" their attitudes toward sportsmanship, or to pooh-pooh "materialism" without defining the term.
the cognoscenti pooh-pooh allegations about these [Nazi and Soviet] global ambitions: Winston Churchill met with much disdain in the 1930s when he talked of the `jackboots,' as did Ronald Reagan in the 1980s with his one-time reference to the `evil empire'.
Oil company scientists were hired to pooh-pooh serious science with contrary puff studies: "Global warming doesn't exist.
Their unease will surely not have been helped by the stampede of British medics rushing to pooh-pooh the significance of the American findings.
Predictably, trucking industry execs pooh-pooh on-board recorders as too expensive and prone to tampering.
When the term first surfaced in the national press, the Times went out of its way to pooh-pooh the notion that the Soviets are capable of change--glasnost was nothing but a smokescreen.
Second, Klare is in a weak position to pooh-pooh today's threats as not justifying a force as big "as that needed to defeat the Soviet Union," since during the 1980s he also pooh-poohed the Soviet threat to Europe, arguing that our forces there were wildly inflated to meet that threat.
It's traditional for betting pundits to pooh-pooh Slam speculation because it's ridiculous, they say, to expect one man to peak at exactly the right stage four times in a single season.
He added: "Lots of people tend to pooh-pooh awards but in this business they are certainly a good step up.
Maybe Her Majesty will pooh-pooh her normal Saturday Goliath on horse-racing after this week's turf allegations and instead switch her attention to football.