from The Century Dictionary.

  • An exclamation of contempt, disdain, or disgust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection Pshaw! pish! -- a word used in contempt or disdain.

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  • interjection archaic pshaw; pish; a word used in contempt or disdain.


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  • I think it´s worth the post about noki cause the propose is interesting and people opinion are important too, but i don´t agree it´s better than gareth pugh; i think noki´s fashion aesthetic is still growing up and it still looks like an fashion college student that is learning … there are things to improve yet

    NOKI – House of Sustainability | Inhabitat 2007

  • _ Ay, when I have 'em; pugh, pox, you cut the Thread of my

    The Busie Body Susanna Centlivre

  • The cod are thrown up from the boat to the flake by means of the fish-pugh -- a sort of one-pronged, piscatory pitchfork -- and cleaned, salted, and cured there; then spread out to dry on the flake, or on the beach, and packed for market.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses Frederic S. Cozzens

  • As the dingledekooch floated silently over them, they lay perfectly quiet and unsuspicious of danger, although within a few feet of the fatal fish-pugh, and in an element almost as transparent as air.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses Frederic S. Cozzens

  • Fisheries -- Picton tries his hand at a Fish-pugh 102

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses Frederic S. Cozzens

  • That gentleman, buried in moose and cariboo skins, prostrate on a broad bench, drawn up close by the fire-place, was dreaming, probably, of sculpins, flounders, fish-pugh, and dingledekooch!

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses Frederic S. Cozzens

  • But the two reports together seem so far beyond the pale of the possible that they serve to stupefy the father: "his heart grew numb," (pugh, "to grow cold").

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1 1892-1972 1942

  • "Oh, but to see a man -- a miserable apology for a man -- measuring out calicoes and ribbons, and tapes and buttons, and stays and garters, and all sorts of things that a man has no right to touch -- pugh!"

    Sisters Ada Cambridge 1885

  • A gaff, a pugh, and a dip-net, all of which an old fisherman declared I could not sail without, were also put aboard.

    Sailing Alone Around the World Joshua Slocum 1877

  • But to be pommeled black and blue, with that plebeian instrument a fist -- pugh!

    Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. In Two Volumes. Vol. II. 1832


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