to turn your nose up at

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn your nose up at

"to turn your nose up at"

to sneer at and reject because you think someone or something is not good enough


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn your nose up at

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard you were offered a job promotion.

Colleague 2:  I turned my nose up at it.

Colleague 1:  Why did you reject the offer?

Colleague 2:  After my contributions and length of service, they only offered me a supervisory position in a second-rate office.  It was an insult.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - turn your nose up at

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  All of a sudden, one day Allen doesn't like or want his food. 

Friend 2:  It's common for young children to turn their noses up at foods they used to like.

Friend 1:  It's kind of frustrating when you finally think you have found some foods your child will eat and then, suddenly, they aren't good enough.

to turn your nose up at - Usage:


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to turn your nose up at - Gerund Form:

Turning your nose up at art you don't understand is a sign of low class.

to turn your nose up at - Examples:

1)  ... with the fact that it is simply "fashionable" for Australians to turn their nose up at the US these days.

2)  ... people who try to discourage you, argue your bright ideas or simply turn their nose up at your success?

3)  This is a film for those who might usually turn their nose up at watching animation, as five minutes in you'll have completely forgotten you ...

4)  closely when I say that the vast majority of music consumers will often turn their nose up at any slight mention of a "boy band" or "girl band" ...

5)  ... some ham sandwiches for them on the plane as I knew they'd turn their nose up at Delta food.

6)  It's such a smug, boring attitude to have to turn your nose up at people who play video games as a hobby and think it's for kids ...

7)  In short, try not to turn your nose up at Goat World straight away, and think twice if you have already dismissed ...

8)  Before you turn your nose up at the idea of eating salad on holiday, check one out.

9)  For one thing, don't turn your nose up at the idea of studying the photography of others.

10)  Don't turn your nose up at frozen veggies. Nutritionally, they are virtually the same as fresh, ...

11)  ... down to around 10,000. In fact, I decided I wouldn't turn my nose up at any offer over 9,000.

12)  I've done it too. I turn my nose up at Microsoft regularly -- I guess we all do -- despite the company practically ...

13)  I have a terrible tendency to do that, to instantly turn my nose up at something new with a simplifying smart comment.

14)  Moore has turned his nose up at every one of the blockbuster projects adapted from his comic books.

15)  Lula has always coveted the big prize of the Presidency and turned his nose up at becoming a PT deputy.

16)  ... have not given her a moment of his time. He would have turned his nose up at her I'm sure. He wouldn't even stand her let alone ...

17)  ... whinnying laugh at the drunken porter falling off a bench in Macbeth but turns her nose up at silliness and playing with stereotypes in modern comedy.

18)  Later, she even turns her nose up at a place in the lifeboats when she sees who she has to sit ...

19)  ... indulging in the sort of outrageously exciting picnics Heston Blumethal would probably turn his nose up at but the rest of us secretly covet. 

20)  ... wasted by consumers when we buy more than we need, when we turn our nose up at a bruise on an apple, ...