nothing to sneeze at

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - nothing to sneeze at

"nothing to sneeze at"

not inconsequential;

something that deserves serious attention


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - nothing to sneeze at

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I can't believe that I only got a five percent raise in pay.

Colleague 2:  That's nothing to sneeze at.  Five percent this year and then another raise next year and pretty soon all the raises add up to something consequential..

Colleague 1:  Perhaps you are right.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - nothing to sneeze at

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I found a lump under my arm this morning.

Friend 2:  You had better get that checked by a doctor.  A lump may be nothing but it does require serious attention.

Friend 1:  I suppose a lump is nothing to sneeze at. I'll get it checked.

nothing to sneeze at - Usage:


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nothing to sneeze at - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for nothing to sneeze at.

nothing to sneeze at - Examples:

1)  The prizes are nothing to sneeze at, with $100,000.00 going to the first place winner of the contest.

2)  Scoring in the range of 75-85 points is still nothing to sneeze at, I realize that.

3)  $2 million is nothing to sneeze at, but in Vancouver there are crack shacks worth nearly that much.

4)  ... quick to point out that an expected crowd of 130,000 Saturday night is nothing to sneeze at in a still sluggish U.S. economy.

5)  ... the book's design, though not done by Richardson himself, is nothing to sneeze at either.)

6)  ... is verging on superhuman (seven albums in seven years is certainly nothing to sneeze at), ...

7)  She is a style setter, looking perfect all the time is nothing to sneeze at. Sure don't want her looking like some scruff.

8)  ... a 7.7 quake is still nothing to sneeze at, particularly if you don't want your nose ripped off your face and ...

9)  1,801,551 currently active accounts may not quite be MySpace, but it's nothing to sneeze at, either.

10)  ... the kind of a season that players dream about, placing second is nothing to sneeze at and it bodes very well for the weeks to come.

11)  The film topped out at $26 million domestic (nothing to sneeze at, but a long way from Fiction' s $107 million).

12)  Also, nothing to sneeze at. Not to be ignored or dismissed, ...

13)  ... time for most of those 5 years, 1 post a week is nothing to sneeze at.

14)  interest rate would decrease your monthly mortgage payment by $100. That's nothing to sneeze at, ...

15)  ... success of Dr Campbell's work. His 35 years of research is nothing to sneeze at.

16)  ... possible audience you're targeting is 39% of American adults. That's nothing to sneeze at, but it's not even close to, say, the number of ...

17)  ... via Stanford, only 16,000 finished it. While 16k course graduates is nothing to sneeze at, that's a success rate of 8%.

18)  ... up his career. At $8 million per season, that is still nothing to sneeze at.

19)  Four decades of original music is nothing to sneeze at.

20)  ... fact it's even faster. Its 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor is nothing to sneeze at (the European version is even better with a quad-core processor).