Cocking a snook
Cocking a snook is a sign of derision made by putting the thumb on the nose, holding the palm open and perpendicular to the face, and wiggling the remaining fingers. It is used mostly by schoolchildren often combined with sticking out the tongue.
The phrase is also used figuratively: the Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1938 usage "The Rome–Berlin axis..cocked the biggest snook yet at the League of Nations idea" by Eric Ambler in his Cause for Alarm.
- Cambridge University Press (2006). Cambridge Idioms Dictionary (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-86037-7.
- McNeill, David (1992). Hand and Mind: What Gestures Reveal About Thought. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- 'Cock a snook' - the meaning and origin of this phrase, Phrases.org.uk. Retrieved at 1 January 2018
- Cocking a snook: Boris Johnson heckled by protestor thumbing his nose but gives as good as he got, 31 October 2012, Matt Chorley, Daily Mail. Retrieved at 1 January 2018
- Shipley, Joseph Twadell (2001). The Origins of English Words: A Discursive Dictionary of Indo-European Roots (reprint ed.). Baltimore: JHU Press. p. 302. ISBN 0-8018-6784-3. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
- "Snook, n.3". Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
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