Posted by TheFallen on May 12, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Cock a Snook posted by James Briggs on May 11, 2003
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: If you cock a snook at someone then you show them contempt or opposition. Snook in this saying is the action of putting one's thumb to the nose and spreading out the fingers as a sign of contempt. The gesture only became used in the 19th century and its origins are apparently unknown.
There was some recent discussion about this expression - a link to the archives is provided below.