sniff at


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sniff at

vb
(intr, preposition) to express contempt or dislike for
References in classic literature ?
Still she took a long sniff at the mouth of the Jar.
He sniffed at his fingers, as a wild beast might sniff at the life-blood upon a wounded paw.
Because of defendant Wheelings' heightened expectation of privacy inside his dwelling, the canine sniff at this door constituted a search.