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When I was reading an article I came across a phrase "cock a snook". After browsing I did not find any convincing or clear meaning of this sentence. I also what to use this word in a sentence.

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    How far did you look? – Edwin Ashworth May 29 '14 at 9:33
  • @EdwinAshworth I mentioned I did not find a convincing or clear meaning of this phrase. – Rudra May 29 '14 at 9:41
  • The link above is the second given (at least where I am) in a Google search for "cock a snook". – Edwin Ashworth May 29 '14 at 9:45
  • @EdwinAshworth What about the example sentences given, they don't seem to be convincing – Rudra May 29 '14 at 9:47
  • The fifth Google hit is an even more compelling reason for not posting your question. kiamlaluno's example shows a modern usage. – Edwin Ashworth May 29 '14 at 9:53
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The general understanding of what's meant by 'cock a snook' is the spread hand with thumb on the nose, preferably with crossed eyes, waggling fingers and any other annoying gesticulation that comes to mind at the time. It's what the Americans call 'the five-fingered salute.'

It is a gesture that generally indicates that you are making fun of something or someone.
Ex : The sarcastic speech of the Minister was like cocking a snook at his political opponents.

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    This is so obviously general reference that an answer is not appropriate. – Edwin Ashworth May 29 '14 at 9:34

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