scoff at

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No, he scoffed; there wasn't anything he wouldn't scoff at.
Now that Donald Trump is a leading presidential candidate, the age where we scoff at people for "ad hominem" arguments appears to be over, writes public school librarian Sara Stevenson.
It is easy for those with a doctrine of so-called efficiency to scoff at the idea that wages need to be sufficient for the acquisition of property as well as for the finer things of life, and that work should be of a nature to enable the worker and his dependants to enjoy them.
A group of female folk singers kept the supporters enthralled for several hours by belting out one parody after another to scoff at the Nitish Kumar government as well as the Centre.
There is definitely something touching about Nesbitt's compassion, something endearing about his generosity, something indeed that many of our politicians may scoff at.
But who are we, who are we to scoff at such things?
Though we Catholics might scoff at such a fundamentalist reading of scripture, another piece of wisdom, somewhat better known than Timothy's, applies: Those who live in (stained) glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
MANY WILL SCOFF AT THE IDEA OF A VEGETARIAN ATHLETE, believing that a serious competitor must wolf down steaks and swallow eggs by the carton-full.
Fearful that the mother is about to lose her job, the family cuts back on expenses just as Nesta begins to go out with a wealthy boy who has some snobbish friends who scoff at her clothes and her color.
In Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (the book), Ted Allen doesn't scoff at the question "If I can get produce year-round, why do I care what's in season?
He chides those who scoff at her small sacrifices (such as folding the mantles that the other sisters had forgotten) as "spiritual snobs
There are, of course, many good Americans who would scoff at this assessment, despite recognizing the danger.