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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 I feel like the rest of the world is sneering at us because of our outdated, backwards laws.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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The person next to me sneered that I was going to get her sick.
David Cameron seized on the gaffe, saying: "Effectively what this means is Ed Miliband's Labour party sneers at people who work hard, who are patriotic and who love their country."
Dole sneers at Clinton for the president's draft record and his campaign touts an open- necked shirt as if it were a brilliant policy breakthrough.
Naturally, Andrew Lansley's Department of Health sneers at the statistics and suggests they're misleading.
"The luck of the Irish," sneers a young British recruit at a teenage Brendan Behan just after Behan's scruffy reform-school team whips the soldier's more seasoned prep-school athletes at a game of rugby.
Sid Vicious, strung out on heroin, pogos and sneers, but his bass isn't plugged in half the time.
How come a Norman Rockwell retrospective occasions gasps and sneers, but the upcoming Wayne Thiebaud survey (eighty works from the '50s on) provokes nary a hiccup?
But if the best Paxman and Co can offer is sneers, jeers and insults, what do the BBC expect?
"Says the man with the dodgy ticker," sneers Michael.
It gave me special pleasure to see the violent end inevitably allotted to officers of the Waffen SS who invariably wore monocles, permanent sneers, and black uniforms adorned with swastikas and death's-head insignia.
The last thing he wants to do is use this as an occasion for sneering, for sneers would get in the way of survival.
The sneers about that were no different to the sneers that greet the cast of ITV2's The Only Way Is Essex every week.
Rosin sneers at the good-government types: the "goo-goos," especially Feingold, who still believes that campaign-finance reform isn't dead, and that a grassroots movement will force Congress to overhaul the system.
Christensen sneers at the film version of All the President's Men for arguing that "brave individuals, a free press, and public opinion can bring the evil men down-the traditional Hollywood view." But that's what really happened!
THERE have been so many sneers and snide remarks about the Queen Mother since she fell and broke her collarbone - none of them justified.