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snook2

[snoo k, snook] /snʊk, snuk/
noun
1.
a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.
Idioms
2.
cock a / one's snook, to thumb the nose:
a painter who cocks a snook at traditional techniques.
Also, cock a snoot.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for cock a snook

snook1

/snuːk/
noun (pl) snook, snooks
1.
any of several large game fishes of the genus Centropomus, esp C. undecimalis of tropical American marine and fresh waters: family Centropomidae (robalos)
2.
(Austral) the sea pike Australuzza novaehollandiae
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch snoek pike

snook2

/snuːk/
noun
1.
(Brit) cock a snook
  1. to make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers of the hand outstretched
  2. to show contempt by being insulting or offensive
Word Origin
C19: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for cock a snook

snook

n.

"derisive gesture," 1791, of unknown origin.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cock a snook

cock a snook

verb phrase

To show derision and contempt by thumbing one's nose: The ''world's Greatest Rock


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Idioms and Phrases with cock a snook

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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