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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 I feel like the rest of the world smirks at us because of our outdated, backwards laws.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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Last week, the tiniest tell-tale smirk crossed Jacob Rees Mogg's patrician visage as he dismissed the "candyfloss protest" and "synthetic rage" of protesters expressing fury at the decision to suspend parliament.
Kim JB, Zhang L (2014) Financial reporting opacity and expected crash risk: evidence from implied volatility smirks. Contemporary Accounting Research 31 (3): 851-875.
CHILD killer Robert Black has smirked in the face of detectives quizzing him about a missing girl.
"It's fine if anyone wants to come out and say they wipe smirks off people's faces.
"Well, if you're still feeling needy," he smirks, "I can always shut up shop for an hour."
Even those "smirks and sniggers", as you see them, are an expression of mirth, not misery.
"'He thinks the missile shield really exists?' Rummy smirks, sipping his Scotch."
And the Dutch are not the only ones holding their giant hands over gargantuan smirks these days.
Ask not for whom the cartoon smirks; it smirks for thee.
You can confront the girl, ask why she isn't including you and challenge her when she smirks and has a dig.
CLUE: Hindley and pet could "mark" grave; MURDERERS: Brady and Hindley embrace; SMILE OF A SADIST: Brady smirks at flat; POSE: Hindley on apparently normal outing
Frankly, you're lucky she adores you enough to stick around and tolerate your friends' snooty smirks.
On first glance, one might assume these works to be a calculated assault on high sensibilities, but like much of Carson's output, they simply prod one to get over one's smirks and get on with the act of viewing, of enjoying the bold results of the artist's mastery over both high-art composition and low-budget special effects as well as her fearlessness in the face of kitsch.
There has been no remorse from Moffat, only smirks from the dock.
YOU can forgive mega-punter Michael Tabor and trainer David Elsworth for walking around with smirks on their faces as they plot a real Cambridgeshire touch.