cock snoot

snook

2 [snook, snook]
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:
1875–80; origin uncertain

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snook1 (snuːk)
 
n , 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
 
[C17: from Dutch snoek pike]

snook2 (snuːk)
 
n
(Brit) cock a snook
 a.  to make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers of the hand outstretched
 b.  to show contempt by being insulting or offensive
 
[C19: of obscure origin]

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