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pooh-pooh

[poo-poo] /ˈpuˈpu/
verb (used with object)
1.
to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly:
He pooh-poohed all their superstitious fears.
verb (used without object)
2.
to express disdain or contempt.
Also, poo-poo.
Origin of pooh-pooh
1820-1830
1820-30; v. use of reduplication of pooh1
Related forms
pooh-pooher, noun
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  • But if you know collies, you will think twice before you pooh-pooh it as rankly impossible.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • That was the sort of apparition that no guilty man would dare to pooh-pooh.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • After a hearty meal, the girl felt inclined to pooh-pooh her fancies of half an hour before.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Lancaster, whenever he noticed her dejection, was inclined to pooh-pooh it.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • Mr. Smalley was inclined to pooh-pooh the whole affair as the imagination of a houseful of women.

  • They used to pooh-pooh the idea of the alchemists that gold had medicinal virtue.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • True, I tried to pooh-pooh away the sentiment, and said to myself: 'Why bother your head about her?

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
  • Assuming at first to "pooh-pooh" spiritualism as moonshine, his interest nevertheless increased.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man Marie Saltus
British Dictionary definitions for pooh-pooh

pooh-pooh

/ˈpuːˈpuː/
verb
1.
(transitive) to express disdain or scorn for; dismiss or belittle
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Word Origin and History for pooh-pooh
v.

"to dismiss lightly and contemptuously," 1827, a slang reduplication of dismissive expression pooh. Among the many 19th century theories of the origin of language was the Pooh-pooh theory (1860), which held that language grew from natural expressions of surprise, joy, pain, or grief.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pooh-pooh

pooh-pooh

verb

To dismiss lightly and contemptuously; airily deprecate; deride: I don't poopoo his talent, just his character (1827+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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