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cock a snook

To regard someone or something with disrespect. Primarily heard in UK. Don't you cock a snook at my instructions—I'm your superior!
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cock a snook at someone

to show or express defiance or scorn at someone. He cocked a snook at the traffic cop and tore up the ticket. The boy cocked a snook at the park attendant and walked on the grass.
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cock a snook

Thumb one's nose, as in As soon as the teacher turned her back, the boys cocked a snook at her. This expression was first recorded in 1791 and the precise source of snook, here used in the sense of "a derisive gesture," has been lost. It is more widely used in Britain but is not unknown in America.
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cock a snook at someone/something

If you cock a snook at someone or something, you show them that you do not respect them, often by insulting them. They drove around in big cars, openly flaunting their wealth and cocking a snook at the forces of law and order. This was the electorate's attempt to cock a snook at their own political establishment. Note: To cock a snook at someone literally means to make a rude gesture by placing the end of your thumb on the end of your nose, spreading out your fingers, and moving them up and down. `Thumb your nose at someone' means the same.
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cock a snook

openly show contempt or a lack of respect for someone or something. informal, chiefly British
Literally, if you cock a snook, you place your hand so that your thumb touches your nose and your fingers are spread out, in order to express contempt. Recorded from the late 18th century, the expression's origins are uncertain—as are those of the gesture itself, which occurs under a variety of names and in many countries, the earliest definite mention of it being by Rabelais in 1532 .
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cock a ˈsnook at somebody/something

(British English, informal)
1 make a rude gesture by putting your thumb to your nose
2 do or say something that shows your lack of respect for somebody/something, especially when you cannot be punished for this: She cocked a snook at her teachers by going to school with her hair dyed purple.
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So, for three days, no-one knew about the Snooks and for all that time they lay, without food, without water and unable to move.
Joseph Nelson Howard was responsible for the death of Elizabeth Snooks.
Two men burst through a security chain when Mr Snook answered his door.
One of the men told Mr Snook to keep quiet and he would not get hurt.
Mr Snook was at his home when he heard banging at the front door.
Mr Snook told them they were too late and said: 'They were here three months ago'.
Last night, John Snook, son of the victims, said: "None of us can believe this.
Detective Superintendent Bert Swanson said last night: "To everyone on the team, Mr and Mrs Snook became like our own grandparents.
One officer said: "What happened to the Snooks highlighted a link between bogus workers and sinister criminals not seen before.
Evidence from Harold Snook, 83, and wife Elizabeth, 86, has revealed a crucial link between their attack and bogus workmen who conned them in summer, the Record can exclusively reveal.
One victim of a betting scandal was William Snook (1861-1916), arguably the greatest middle-distance runner of his era.
William Snook was born in Shrewsbury in 1861, and educated at Adbaston College in the town, where his sporting prowess was quickly evident, whether on a bike or on the track.