thumb one's nose at


: to show very clearly that one does not like or care about (something)
She thumbed her nose at my suggestions.
They thumb their nose at the rules and simply ignored them.

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“Thumb one's nose at.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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