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sniff at sth

verb uk phrasal verb with sniff   /snɪf/ us  

(DISAPPROVE)

to show disapproval or a low opinion of something: The men at City Hall, sniffing at anything too ideological, insist that big cuts are just not practical.

(SHOW INTEREST)

( also sniff around (sth)) to show that you are interested in something: A few computer firms are sniffing at the project already. Chief executive David Prosser said the takeover speculation was wrong and no one was sniffing around.
Translations of “sniff at sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 蔑視, 蔑視,輕視,對…不屑…
in Chinese (Simplified) 蔑视, 蔑视,轻视,对…不屑…
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