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A.Word.A.Day--pooh-pooh

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This week's theme: reduplicatives.

pooh-pooh (poo-poo) verb tr., intr.

To express contempt for; to make light of; to dismiss.

[Reduplicative of pooh (sound made by blowing something away with lips), an exclamation of disdain or disbelief.]

See more usage examples of pooh-pooh in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"'Nothing of this sort ever happened,' says Sabya while pooh-poohing the rumour." Mandvi Sharma; Manish-Sabya Feud is Just a Rumour; The Times of India (New Delhi); Nov 20, 2006.

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