sneer at

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I would not for a moment sneer at anything that helps to keep hearts tender in this hard old world.
In the first place, you needn't sneer at adventure when you are living it yourself; and you were certainly living it when I found you first, down with fever on a lonely plantation with a couple of hundred wild cannibals thirsting for your life.
It was voted low to sneer at Dobbin about this accident of birth.
Thwackum put on a contemptuous sneer at this, and replied, "Ay, ay, I will venture him with you.
They sneer at your most inoffensive suggestions; they laugh unfeelingly at your treasured dreams of foreign lands; they brand the statements of your traveled aunts and uncles as the stupidest absurdities; they deride your most trusted authors and demolish the fair images they have set up for your willing worship with the pitiless ferocity of the fanatic iconoclast
Come on, Tink," he cried, with a frightful sneer at the laws of nature; "we don't want any silly mothers"; and he flew away.
It is so easy for an Englishman to sneer at these chance collisions of human beings.
Some ill-conditioned persons who sneer at the life-matrimonial, may perhaps suggest, in this place, that the good couple would be better likened to two principals in a sparring match, who, when fortune is low and backers scarce, will chivalrously set to, for the mere pleasure of the buffeting; and in one respect indeed this comparison would hold good; for, as the adventurous pair of the Fives' Court will afterwards send round a hat, and trust to the bounty of the lookers-on for the means of regaling themselves, so Mr Godfrey Nickleby and HIS partner, the honeymoon being over, looked out wistfully into the world, relying in no inconsiderable degree upon chance for the improvement of their means.
We know she and her type sneer at our England flags and inflatable reindeer and package holidays.
It has become predictably fashionable for the odd - very odd - element of the national media to sit back and sneer at an occasion which has, in its own right, become a National phenomenon.
A full up-and-down rebuff of my outfit, followed by a sneer and then a command to make the rest of the table sneer at me.