blow a raspberry
   to make a noise like a fart with your lips
   See raspberry1 for the origin in rhyming slang:
    The bank man blew the Marseilles equivalent of a raspberry and went home. (L. Thomas, 1977)
   Much figurative use, often by those without an appreciation of the etymology.

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  • raspberry — rasp|ber|ry [ˈra:zbəri US ˈræzberi] n plural raspberries [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: rasp raspberry (16 20 centuries) + berry;] [Sense: 2; Origin: raspberry tart = fart] 1.) a soft sweet red berry, or the bush that this berry grows on ▪ a bowl of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blow —    1. obsolete (of a male)    to copulate    Usually in a phrase such as blow the groundsels, which meant that the parties were on the floor at the time. To blow ojff is to ejaculate semen:     Blew off all over the booth. {Playboy s Book of… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • raspberry —    1. a fart    Rhyming slang on raspberry tart. To blow a raspberry is to simulate the sound orally through pursed lips. Much figurative use indicating a mild admonition, refusal, or reproach:     ... popped question to Dutch girl and got… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • raspberry — noun (C) 1 a soft sweet red berry, or the bush that this berry grows on: raspberry jam 2 informal a rude sound made by putting your tongue out and blowing: blow a raspberry BrE /give a raspberry AmE (=to make this sound) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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