thumb one's nose

thumb one's nose  {v. phr.}
1. To hold one's open hand in front of one's face with one's thumb pointed at one's nose as a sign of scorn or dislike.
After Bob ran into the house he thumbed his nose at Tom through the window.
2.  {informal}
To look with disfavor or dislike; regard with scorn; refuse to obey. — Used with "at".
Betty thumbed her nose at her mother's command to stay home.
Mary thumbed her nose at convention by wearing odd clothes.
Compare: LOOK DOWN ON.
Categories: clothes hand informal nose verb

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