smirk at

smirk at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to smile at someone or something in a smug, scornful, or condescending manner. Sarah just smirked at me when I invited her to my party. My dad sat on the porch smirking at me as I made a hash of repairing the engine by myself.
2. By extension, to regard someone or something with smugness, scorn, condescension, etc. I feel like the rest of the world smirks at us because of our outdated, backwards laws. I used to smirk at the idea of working in a cubicle for eight hours a day, but once I had kids and needed steady income, it stopped sounding so unappealing.
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smirk at someone or something

to smile in a smug or sneering way at someone or something. Why are you smirking at me like that? Jane looked at the report and smirked at it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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