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    What does it mean?

    The procession of rambunctious and feckless Celts through Ford's films, Irish and otherwise, was meant to cock a snoot at WASP or 'lace-curtain Irish' ideas of respectability.

    what does it mean?
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    Re: What does it mean?

    You'll find definitions of all these words and phrases, including 'cock a snoot' and 'lace-curtain Irish' here: OneLook: General dictionary sites

    Ford is, of course, the director John Ford, a man very proud of his Irish background.
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    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You'll find definitions of all these words and phrases, includi8ng 'cock a snoot' and 'lace-curtain Irish' here: OneLook: General dictionary sites

    Ford is, of course, the director John Ford, a man very proud of his Irish background.
    Thank you for your answer.

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    #4

    Re: What does it mean?

    Boy, that sentence is a mouthful. I have no idea what it means Then again, I'm a yank

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    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    Boy, that sentence is a mouthful. I have no idea what it means Then again, I'm a yank
    You mean it's even not very easy to understand for native users?

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    Re: What does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    You mean it's even not very easy to understand for native users?
    Some native speakers would not be familar with the words I have underlined, and not everybody would know those I have italicised.

    The procession of rambunctious and feckless Celts through Ford's films, Irish and otherwise, was meant to cock a snoot at WASP or 'lace-curtain Irish' ideas of respectability.

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    Re: What does it mean?

    I'm more used to hearing cock a snook, but both versions are acceptable.

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