Posted by David FG on June 28, 2005
In Reply to: Toffee Nosed posted by Steve E on June 27, 2005
: I was watching a television show (in the US) the other night. The program was produced in the UK. A couple were talking about a woman neighbor who suffered a slight but public embarrasment or humiliation of some kind. They said that "She got all toffee nosed about it." What does 'toffee nosed' mean and how did it originate?
It means snobbish, conceited, uppity. I am not sure that this fits the illustration you give (I suspect that it was used wrongly in the programme.)
Unfortunately, I have no idea where it comes from: I hope someone else will be of more help.