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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from flout 'to play the flute' (14-16 centuries)

flout

verb
     
flout [transitive]
to deliberately disobey a law, rule etc, without trying to hide what you are doing:
Some companies flout the rules and employ children as young as seven.
deliberately/openly flout something
The union had openly flouted the law.

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