English version

sniff at something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsniff at something phrasal verb1 something is not to be sniffed at spoken used to say that something is good enough to be accepted or considered seriously An 8% salary increase is not to be sniffed at.2 to refuse something in a proud way, or behave as if something is not good enough for you He sniffed at my choice of restaurants and suggested his own favorite. sniff→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
something is not to be sniffed atThe price, however, is not to be sniffed at: £17.50!
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sniff
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysniff
he, she, itsniffs
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysniffed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave sniffed
he, she, ithas sniffed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad sniffed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill sniff
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have sniffed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam sniffing
he, she, itis sniffing
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you, we, theyare sniffing
Past
I, he, she, itwas sniffing
you, we, theywere sniffing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been sniffing
he, she, ithas been sniffing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been sniffing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be sniffing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been sniffing
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