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English definition of “sniff at sth”

sniff at sth

(DISAPPROVE) phrasal verb with sniff     /snɪf/ verb
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.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention
(Definition of sniff at sth (DISAPPROVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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