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scoff at (someone or something)

To dismiss something with scorn, ridicule, or derision. The CEO scoffed at the backlash, confident that those complaining were nothing but a vocal minority. They scoffed at me when I warned them of the disastrous fault in the system, but now they're seeing just how right I was.
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scoff at someone or something

to show ridicule or scorn for someone or something. The directors scoffed at her when she presented her plan. They scoffed at my new hat, not realizing how stylish it was.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. tv. & in. to eat (something). (see also scarf.) She scoffed three hamburgers and a large order of fries.
2. n. food. This scoff is gross!
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Nearly 50 years after 'Simple Scoff' was published, culinary tastes have moved on.
The growing role of the organization in the region confirmed its achievement, he said and hoped the establishment of SCOFF would further help strengthen cooperation among member states.
A study of 180 female nursing and medical students in Karachi reported a prevalence rate of 21.7% for anorexia nervosa.3 Another study using SCOFF questionnaire reported that 307 out of 446 (68.8%) female university students scored two or higher; indicating potential eating disorders and need for clinical assessment.4 SCOFF is an effective 5-question screening tool to identify individuals for clinical assessment so as to determine the presence of potential eating disorders.5 SCOFF acronym has been derived from 'S' from the word "sick" in question number 1.
In short, our aim was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to summarize the literature on assessments of the diagnostic efficacy of the SCOFF for detecting ED.
As Fred will probably recall, I was among the first to scoff at both of those models and never participated in either, but we traditional print publishers should not infer too much from their demise.
* Don't be afraid to "SCOFF." SCOFF is an acronym for a quick five-question quiz that has been shown helpful in identifying girls at increased risk for an eating disorder.
Look out across the pristine family operations that account for nearly 50 percent of all privately owned woodlands, and you're likely to scoff that a cry of alarm over the state of family-owned forestland is nothing more than an overreaction.
His jaunty description of preparing lamb shish kebab with mint sauce while camping is just the sort of thing some of his subjects would scoff at.
1pm YUM YUM: Nigella tucks into lobster with a companion 8pm GLUM GLUM: She's thoughtful after steak with husband Charles TUM TUM: Nigella is full up after her double scoff
SCOFF: Healthy and high-energy - expect jacket potatoes for lunch, roast beef for dinner.
Fearful that the mother is about to lose her job, the family cuts back on expenses just as Nesta begins to go out with a wealthy boy who has some snobbish friends who scoff at her clothes and her color.
Yes the dog talks however before you scoff and disregard this book, you should know that Zeus speaks with the wisdom of the ages.
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They'll scoff a chocolate fudge cake and ice cream because they've given themselves permission to eat anything -but only when they'rephysically hungry.
Today, with Communism defeated or in retreat nearly everywhere, it is easy to scoff at the rack of dominos.