to thumb your nose at

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - thumb your nose at

"to thumb your nose at"

to show that you do not respect rules, laws, or powerful people or organizations


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - thumb your nose at

Two parents are talking ...

Mother:  I'm getting really tired of our daughter's attitude. She never listens any more and is so disrespectful to us.

Father:  I think it is pretty common for teenagers to thumb their noses at authority figures.

Mother:  Well, I wish she would at least follow some of our rules.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - thumb your nose at

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The boss is an idiot! There is no way that I am going to follow his orders. The project will be an utter disaster if we do.

Colleague 2:  Are you really going to thumb your nose at the boss?

Colleague 1:  If defying his authority means that I produce a decent project, then, yes. How can you respect a man like that?

to thumb your nose at - Usage:


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to thumb your nose at - Gerund Form:

Thumbing their noses at authority seems to be the norm for teenagers.

to thumb your nose at - Examples:

1)  Cameron's message of delusion and deception makes clear he intends to continue to thumbing his nose at the country -- and the fools in the Conservative party who have ...

2)  Thumbing his nose at the impotent west, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad taunts us: ...

3)  Yet another continental Arsenal captain is thumbing his nose at the club and its lack of ambition.

4)  It is possible that he is thumbing his nose at Anwar for the colossal failure of Sept 16.

5)  ... a happy-go-lucky vagabond cheerfully thumbing his nose at the establishment and living without a care on the streets of Wellington.

6)  ... and thumbing his nose at the Pope by renouncing Roman Catholicism, ...

7)  He was able to thumb his nose at the law and artfully avoided tasting prison food so I'm sure ...

8)  ... one man had the courage to defy his own government, thumb his nose at the Nixon administration, and go to the teeming refugee camps where ...

9)  Riding shotgun on this underdog story is Wynalda's effort to thumb his nose at everyone that dismissed his constant ranting as hot air. 

10)  ... we kept slapping at Castro because he'd had the effrontery to thumb his nose at us, just ninety miles from our shores.

11)  No one should be promising their customers that they will thumb their nose at a U.S. court order, ...

12)  There must be consequences if people thumb their nose at the United Nations Security Council, ...

13)  They are both hacktivists, both are unassailably righteous outlaws and both like to thumb their nose at the establishment.

14)  They did this to thumb their nose at the federal government for trying to dictate a national drinking age.

15)  It is stunning that some people in Congress would so arrogantly thumb their nose at the Bill of Rights.

16)  ... minimum pay for long hours and poor security and conditions. The laid-back Aussie who thumbed his nose at the boss has gone, replaced by the stressed professional who works ...

17)  They badly need a young defenceman after prospect Justin Schultz thumbed his nose at the club, declared himself a free agent and ...

18)  ... notorious drug kingpin of all was Colombian Pablo Escobar of the infamous Medellin Cartel who thumbed his nose at the US for years.

19)  And we have read him for these many years as he thumbed his nose at authority and managed to say some pretty shocking things with his wicked ...

20)  ... set bail at $1 million and said the former neighborhood watch volunteer thumbed his nose at the judicial system as he plotted a life on the run.