Not to be sneezed at
Sneeze Sneeze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sneezed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sneezing}.] [OE. snesen; of uncertain origin; cf. D. snuse to sniff, E. neese, and AS. fne['o]san.] To emit air, chiefly through the nose, audibly and violently, by a kind of involuntary convulsive force, occasioned by irritation of the inner membrane of the nose. [1913 Webster]

{Not to be sneezed at}, not to be despised or contemned; not to be treated lightly. [Colloq.] ``He had to do with old women who were not to be sneezed at.'' --Prof. Wilson. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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