sneer at (someone or something)

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sneer at (someone or something)

1. Literally, contort one's face into a disdainful, scornful, or condescending expression because of and directed at someone or something. Sarah just sneered at me when I invited her to my party. The king sneered at the artist's portrait, claiming it looked nothing like him.
2. By extension, to regard someone or something with haughty disdain, scorn, condescension, etc. I feel like the rest of the world is sneering at us because of our outdated, backwards laws. I used to sneer 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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sneer at someone or something

to make a haughty or deprecating face at someone or something; to show one's contempt for someone or something. I asked her politely to give me some more room, and she just sneered at me. Jamie sneered at the report that Ken had submitted.
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References in classic literature ?
"He stood there, in Norfolk jacket, pigskin puttees, and all the rest of the fashionable get-up out of a bandbox, sneering at me covered with filth and grease to the eyebrows and looking like a navvy.
A general smile followed, in which Wolf Larsen joined, and the dinner went on smoothly, thanks to me, for he treated me abominably the rest of the meal, sneering at me and patronizing me till I was all a-tremble with suppressed rage.
This mood of black depression endured for a while, and then Mr Pickering suddenly became aware that Subconscious Self was sneering at him.
And then we, the voters, will stop sneering at them in return.
One paper compiled tweets from celebrities - for example, jour nalist/novelist Tony Parsons wrote: "Sneering at the Olympics is like sneering at Christmas."
Rage: Cheryl, right, slated Wagner for sneering at her roots Cutting it: Katie shows off new short style on show last night
What is more, you appear to be sneering at your own readers, since your correspondents have been consistently hostile to splitting the library.
Had not the nats campaigned for their language to be taught to their children and to have equal status in their own country there would be no language Before sneering at and ridiculing the nats perhaps it would be wiser for some people to take stock, and consider thanking the nats for having their positions today
But the sooner we get over the fashion of sneering at the "new economy" and start trying to understand how the economy continues to change, the better off we all will be.
Old Kingston Penitentiary is described as foolishly soft (even sneering at supposed `room service' for those held in segregation in Kingston Penitentiary) and also described as a place characterized by constant fear and horror.
PROPER DJs - whatever they might be - are sneering at Prince 'dig that crazy rhythm' Charles's attempt at what is called 'scratching.'
Meanwhile, rival Sophie Ellis-Bextor plugs her own offering, If This Ain't Love, by sneering at Victoria's desperate tactics.
Lomax imagined Bush avoiding execution of white women because it might be politically costly; Tucker Carlson reported Bush sneering at Tucker's plea for clemency (even making up things she never said) to show how macho tough he is when it comes to state murder.
Such sentiments are popular on the intellectual left, a way of sneering at trade and traders, of pretending to be one with "the people" while denouncing their taste for shopping malls and Japanese cars.
Fellow Labour MPs turned on Ms Thornberry for sharing the "deeply insulting" photograph, with Dudley MP Ian Austin accusing her of "sneering at ordinary people".