scoff at (someone or something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
He scoffed at them as adventures, mountebanks, sideshow riffraff, dime museum freaks; he assailed their showy titles with measureless derision; he said they were back-alley barbers disguised as nobilities, peanut peddlers masquerading as gentlemen, organ-grinders bereft of their brother monkey.
He who is frequently successful, gains much applause and popularity; but the clumsy thief, who is detected in some bungling attempt, is scoffed at and despised, and sometimes severely punished.
My wife, who was present, scoffed at my compassion, which made her malice of no avail.
A month ago he would have scoffed at the idea of there being anything worth considering outside the courts and alleys of the money-changers' market.
He was full of speculation that night about the condition of Mars, and scoffed at the vulgar idea of its having in- habitants who were signalling us.
It was scoffed at then; many will probably scoff now.
Benefits of chocolate not to be scoffed at Steamie The gloom in the steam room concerning the amount of calories consumed on the chocolate egg front this week was lifted by one women who consoled us with her belief that chocolate is preferable to men.
Summary: London: Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has scoffed at suggestions he sought to gain political ...
He also scoffed at those "who had snatched former PM Gilani from the glory of PPP " as, " I have given them a new PPP Loyalist", he boasted.
He scoffed at the inability of the party to expose the murderers of its very own chairperson, and questioned its ability to provide security to masses, as thus.
IT'S the initiative that is just made to be scoffed at - in fact its organisers will welcome some scoffing.
He scoffed at concerns that sweeping aside constitutional barriers might lead America toward a police state.
Craig initially scoffed at the curse until he finds that flies are a delicacy.
"Now that there is one developer making a bid, we may now see more bids from developers who do not want to be left out." Bloomberg scoffed at the eleventh hour bid claiming it was disingenuous, but MSG said it is dead serious.
Analysts scoffed at this claim, pointing out that relative to other G7 nations, at [yen] 260 a pack Japanese smokers pay exceptionally little to stoke their habit.