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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.
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Also, I sneeze at least five but no more than nine times in a row.
I don't sneeze at any other time so I can't be allergic to her.
Pardon the pun, but these questions are nothing to sneeze at.