Archive for March 6, 2011

idiom: to turn one’s nose up at something


This week’s idiom is to “turn one’s nose up at something”. It is used when we want to talk about a person who refuses something because they think it’s not good enough for them. For example:

This is a good job even though the salary is not so high. You shouldn’t turn your nose up at it.

Jenny is so superficial. She turns her nose up at any guy who’s not handsome and rich.

When I was young I used to turn my nose up at any foreign food, but I don’t do that anymore.

My apartment isn’t so nice, but it was the only place I could find to live. I couldn’t afford to turn my nose up at it.

So this expression is always used in a negative way to talk about people who are being snobby or picky about something.

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