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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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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!
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Wolves manager Mark McGhee last night scoffed at Watford's pounds 2million valuation of teenage strike sensation David Connolly.
During the question-and-answer period, a member of the audience scoffed at the idea that his bank would ever agree to such conditions.
And beaming Diana scoffed her Krispy Kreme delights along with an Italian meal after leaving the Radio 1 studios in London.
He scoffed 10 of the giant Indian crisps in just five minutes.
The colourful creature was first spotted in New South Wales, Australia, in 1924 - but experts at the time scoffed.