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    cock a snook = make a scornful gesture; regard with contempt; provoke someone (take a

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    With the expression of an urchin who has cocked a snook while the teacher’s back is turned, Murigan grinned triumphantly. (Huxley’s “Island”)

    A bow is made to Robert Bridges, a snook is cocked at William Walson. (Times Literary Suplement)

    In these circumstancesq every film which cocks a snook at purely commercial standards is worth receiving with open arms.

    cock a snook = make a scornful gesture; regard with contempt; provoke someone (take a rise out of someone)

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Re: cock a snook = make a scornful gesture; regard with contempt; provoke someone (ta

    Correct.

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