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Gene

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Strange aphorism
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:21:08 pm »
The friction that inevitably rises from such a close and dependent relationship has led many Yemenis to embrace the saga of Huda and Arafat not just as a love story but as a way of cocking a snook at the Saudis

Question:    What does "cocking a snook" mean?.................................GG

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Re: Strange aphorism
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2013, 10:22:23 pm »
'Cocking a snook' means scrunching up your nose in a disapproving manner. Sometimes the spread hand may wiggle infront of the nose, too.
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Re: Strange aphorism
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2013, 10:36:53 pm »
Yes - and trying to show that they are superior.
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Re: Strange aphorism
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2013, 11:23:37 pm »
Like this, Gene:
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Re: Strange aphorism
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2013, 02:37:20 am »
Thank you all for your explanations. I don't think I'll use that phrase here in the States for fear of being punched in the nose...................................... :'(GG

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2013, 03:41:54 am »
Thank you all for your explanations. I don't think I'll use that phrase here in the States for fear of being punched in the nose...................................... :'(GG
The phrase wouldn't get you into strife, Gene. The action might.

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Re: Strange aphorism
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2013, 10:32:01 am »
Gene...

My father-in-law was in the Royal Navy and had an NATO job in the States many years ago.
At a party they gave, my mother-in-law invited (in all innocence) a US Naval Captain to "have another drink; it'll keep your pecker up".
US Naval Captain: "Ma'am, if I have another drink, that'd be the last thing it would do".

US Naval Captain to father-in-law: "You've got a hot one there Commander".
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