- Probably from toff (Wiktionary)
“The builder flapped his right hand in a gesture of despair, said, “Bloody toffee-nosed creep,” and retreated down the steps, carrying his stepladder.”
“Insults have really gone downhill since Monty Python's "you vacuous, toffee-nosed, malodorous pervert!”
“Buskers on the streets play and sing and look for tips, white-gloved hotel doormen usher us into the street and look for tips, Cockney taxi drivers look for tips, toffee-nosed waiters hand my dad a bill and look for tips on top of the outrageous price for eggs and sausages.”
“He helped popularise the great working-class riposte to the toffee-nosed union code but many decried him as a northern caricature.”
““I got to the page where reference was made to a ‘toffee-nosed twit’,” she said.”
“How about "What makes you think you know anything at all about New York, you toffee-nosed, blue-blooded git?”
“There's none whatsoever that this is 'toffee-nosed Lymington'.”
“Many would surmise it is from toffee-nosed or the like.”
““Is this what we pay our rates for,” asked thousands of people pretending to be more enraged than they really were by this disgusting cash handout to some toffee-nosed London tart.”
“After all these years I finally learn the meaning of the insult "toffee-nosed.”
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