(to) be sniffed at


(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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  • Sniffed — Sniff Sniff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sniffed}or {Snift}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sniffing}.] [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See {Snuff}, v. t.] To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; sometimes done as a gesture of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sniffed — snɪf n. short inhalation through the nose; sound of a sniff; odor, scent v. inhale through the nose; smell; express disapproval by making a sniffing sound; take into the the nose by inhaling; perceive, sense …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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

  • The Cat Who Sniffed Glue — infobox Book | name = The Cat Who Sniffed Glue title orig = translator = image caption = author = Lilian Jackson Braun cover artist = country = United States language = English series = Cat Who series genre = Mystery, Novel publisher = Jove… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   New idioms 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

  • 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 — 01. The child wiped away a tear, and [sniffed] a couple of times. 02. Children in the isolated village have been [sniffing] gasoline to get over their boredom. 03. If you [sniff] glue, it could cause serious health problems. 04. The lion raised… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • 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