Cock a snook at somebody/something In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "cock a snook at somebody/something", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Mia Le calendar 2021-02-12 11:02

Meaning of Cock a snook at somebody/something

Cock a snook at somebody/something British old-fashioned informal




 

 To say or do something intentionally to show that you have disrespect for someone or something

Tom cocked a snook at his boss over the strategy. ​​​​​​​

He got the ticket because of cocking a snook at the traffic regulations.

She cocks a snook at her teachers by going to school late very often.

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Grammar and Usage of Cock a snook at somebody/something

Verb Forms

  • cocks a snook at
  • cocking a snook at
  • cocked a snook at

The verb "cock" should be conjugated according to its tense.

Origin of Cock a snook at somebody/something

'cock a snook at' is not a normal phrase and we know very little about its origin. The first time the phrase was recorded is in Wynne's Diary, 1791:C"They cock snooks at one on every occasion."

The Origin Cited: The Phrase Finder - The meaning and origin of the expression: Cock a snook at
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