not to be sniffed at


not to be sniffed at
(not) to be sneezed/sniffed at informal 1. if something, especially an amount of money, is not to be sneezed at, it is large enough to be worth having.

And there's the increase in salary to be considered. Ј3000 extra a year is not to be sneezed at. (American & Australian, informal)

2. if something or someone is not to be sneezed at, they are important or dangerous enough to deserve serious attention.

Goodman is not a man to be sniffed at.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not to be sniffed at — Not to be despised • • • Main Entry: ↑sniff * * * not to be sniffed at british informal phrase very good, or good enough to consider having A £50,000 a year salary is not to be sniffed at! Thesaurus: very good …   Useful english dictionary

  • not to be sniffed at — British informal very good, or good enough to consider having A £50,000 a year salary is not to be sniffed at! …   English dictionary

  • not to be sniffed at — informal worth having or considering. → sniff …   English new terms dictionary

  • not to be sneezed at — (not) to be sneezed/sniffed at informal 1. if something, especially an amount of money, is not to be sneezed at, it is large enough to be worth having. And there s the increase in salary to be considered. Ј3000 extra a year is not to be sneezed… …   New idioms dictionary

  • (to) be sniffed at — (not) to be sneezed/sniffed at informal 1. if something, especially an amount of money, is not to be sneezed at, it is large enough to be worth having. And there s the increase in salary to be considered. Ј3000 extra a year is not to be sneezed… …   New idioms dictionary

  • sniff — [[t]snɪ̱f[/t]] sniffs, sniffing, sniffed 1) VERB When you sniff, you breathe in air through your nose hard enough to make a sound, for example when you are trying not to cry, or in order to show disapproval. She wiped her face and sniffed loudly …   English dictionary

  • sniff — sniff1 [snıf] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: From the sound] 1.) to breathe air into your nose noisily, for example when you are crying or have a cold ▪ Margaret sniffed miserably and nodded. ▪ Stop sniffing and blow your nose. 2.) [I and T] to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sniff — I UK [snɪf] / US verb Word forms sniff : present tense I/you/we/they sniff he/she/it sniffs present participle sniffing past tense sniffed past participle sniffed * 1) [intransitive/transitive] to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example …   English dictionary

  • sniff — sniff1 [ snıf ] verb * 1. ) intransitive or transitive to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example because you have been crying: Amanda sniffed and wiped her nose. It wasn t my fault! he sniffed. a ) to smell something: sniff at: Henry… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sniff — 1 verb 1 BREATHE NOISILY (I) to breathe air into your nose noisily, especially in short breaths: Stop sniffing why can t you blow your nose? 2 SMELL (I, T) to breathe air in through your nose in order to smell something: He opened the milk and… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English