sneeze at


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sneeze

 (snēz)
intr.v. sneezed, sneez·ing, sneez·es
To expel air forcibly from the mouth and nose in an explosive, spasmodic involuntary action resulting chiefly from irritation of the nasal mucous membrane.
n.
An instance or the sound of sneezing.
Phrasal Verb:
sneeze at Informal
To treat as unimportant: These deficits are nothing to sneeze at.

[Middle English snesen, alteration of fnesen, from Old English fnēosan; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]

sneez′er n.
sneez′y adj.

sneeze at

vb
(intr, prep; usually with a negative) informal to dismiss lightly: his offer is not to be sneezed at.
References in classic literature ?
Mr Richard Swiveller's apartments were in the neighbourhood of Drury Lane, and in addition to this convenience of situation had the advantage of being over a tobacconist's shop, so that he was enabled to procure a refreshing sneeze at any time by merely stepping out upon the staircase, and was saved the trouble and expense of maintaining a snuff-box.
Also, I sneeze at least five but no more than nine times in a row.
That's just stupid, like seeing your 10-year-old daughter sneeze, and thus, because you saw her sneeze at that moment, you conclude that she has always sneezed because she was sneezing that moment.