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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!
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While it seems that there are no boundaries to the imagination of the criminal mind, identity theft schemes fall in four major categories--"The Scoffers", "The Divers", "The Skimmers", and "The Pfishers".
The crucial issue of the relationship between the "Wicked Priest" and the "Liar"/"Scoffer"/"Spouter" is ignored--as is the problem of why there are in the Qumran texts so many different sobriquets for the latter--if it is one person.
For his part Marcello felt he was a true skeptic, who doubts, rather than a debunker (he later preferred "scoffer"), who denies.
This statement would seem to indicate that Shermer is a skeptic rather than a scoffer. Yet, as I try to show in this review, I think he ignores this dictum when it comes to many of his own conclusions of disbelief.
What she concludes is that while many reactions to the "French Lucian" expressed ambivalence or at least confusion toward "Rabelais the atheist scoffer," or "Rabelais the dirty-minded drunk," his work nonetheless escaped the almost universal opprobrium reserved for Aretino and Machiavelli, eliciting instead a surprising range of reactions that testify to the variety and complexity of the "cultural work" that these texts performed.
Therefore, as a wicked scoffer he is compared with his brother Isaac.
Among the few notable exceptions are Annabel Patterson's interesting pages on "Thomas Carew: 'a privileged Scoffer?'" in Censorship and Interpretation: The Conditions of Writing and Reading in Early Modern England, where the ambiguities of Carew's masque are underlined.
Now, if you are a scoffer, you may be saying, "Well, that's just a coincidence." But, if you have read my articles with any frequency at all, you know that I don't believe in coincidence, fate, or chance.
Uruguay scoffer Luis Suarez is still on people's, er, lips as George Godfrey emailed" : "Surely managers arecondoning issues like this.
And although the club's links with seafood are many, 2011 UK Open finalist Newton, 34, is not a corporate prawn sandwich scoffer.
Ian, a senior lecturer in food studies at Northumbria University and a not now so-secret Findus Crispy Pancake scoffer, says: "When times get hard it is traditional for people to look back and for old-fashioned things to become important again.
Brian Wilson is excellent as the leading scoffer, an aeronautical engineer who won't be stopped once he has taken off on a flight of taunts.
I pride myself a cynic about all things Worcester, a mocker and a scoffer, as most Worcesterites tend to be.
Sprout scoffer extraordinaire Jon Hart, from Sunder-land, was the winner, chomping his way through a whopping 46 sprouts.
I would have liked bigger door bins, but thenI'm a compulsive crisp, chocolate and cola scoffer.