thumb one's nose at

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

thumb play
  1. : the short thick digit of the human hand that is analogous in position to the big toe and differs from the other fingers in having only two phalanges, allowing greater freedom of movement, and being opposable to each of them

  2. : the part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb

  3. : a convex molding : ovolo

  1. : to turn over pages

  2. : to travel by thumbing rides : hitchhike

  3. : to request or obtain (a ride) in a passing automobile by signaling with the thumb

nose play
  1. : the part of the face that bears the nostrils and covers the anterior part of the nasal cavity

  2. : the anterior part of the head at the top or end of the muzzle : snout, proboscis

  3. : the sense of smell : olfaction

  1. : to detect by or as if by smell : scent

  2. : to push or move with the nose

  3. : to move (something, such as a vehicle) ahead slowly or cautiously


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