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Don’t flout the rules.
  to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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flouting flout flouted flouts flouter
Strongly Associated with:   flaunt
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  • Don’t flout the rules.
  • Cannot permit him to flout the Constitution for political gain.
  • flouting the will of God
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • ’I measure him,’ says she, ’by my own spirit; for I should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, though I love him, I should.’
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing

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  • She saw now that she had undermined his authority in all eyes by flouting his orders.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Every time she looked at the packages, they reminded her of the happy flout she was supposed to have.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • You flouted my instructions to stay on the platform.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Luma counted the episode as a hard lesson, and vowed not to let any player, no matter how talented, get away with flouting team rules.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • This man has, I repeat, no place in a community whose basic principles he flouts without compunction.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • With this sin of disobedience in him, Jonah still further flouts at God, by seeking to flee from Him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • From Fife, great king; Where the Norweyan banners flout the sky And fan our people cold.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • See whether you can flout all moral principles and get away with it!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Is’t not enough, is’t not enough, young man, That I did never, no, nor never can Deserve a sweet look from Demetrius’ eye, But you must flout my insufficiency?
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • He cleared his throat and said, "Professor Dumbledore, these boys have flouted the Decree for the Restriction of Underage Wizardry, caused serious damage to an old and valuable tree — surely acts of this nature —"
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • He warned Mother not to flout God’s Will by expecting too much for us.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Then, in other moments, he flouted these theories, and assured him that his fellows were all privately wondering and quaking.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Poseidon must relent for being quarrelsome will get him nowhere, one god, flouting the will of all the gods.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • [Sings] Flout ’cause and scout ’em; and scout ’cause and flout ’em: Thought is free.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • They flouted at his efforts, and told him, with bitter scoffs, that his feet were better than his hands; and that he merited wings, while he knew not the use of an arrow or a knife.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Now if she thus can flout authority Unpunished, I am woman, she the man.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • They indicated either an ignorance or a flouting of the niceties.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Her silence flouts me, and I’ll be reveng’d.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • McCandless could endeavor to explain that he answered to statutes of a higher order, that as a latter-day adherent of Henry David Thoreau, he took as gospel the essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" and thus considered it his moral responsibility to flout the laws of the state.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • At some time-perhaps in your childhood-you may have been allowed to get away with flouting the rules of society.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • He is no madman, no blind brute, nor one to flout the gods, but dutiful toward men who beg his mercy.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • He knew it was foolish to wait, but he feared how the butcher would react when he learned that Roran and Katrina had flouted tradition and, in doing so, undermined Sloan’s authority.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Rebelliously she leaned her elbows on the counter and looked at the crowd, flouting Mammy’s oft-repeated admonition against leaning on elbows and making them ugly and wrinkled.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Oh, flout the boy!" cried the magician passionately.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And Master Lynch bade him have a care to flout and witwanton as the god self was angered for his hellprate and paganry.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I reflected in this wise: These through us have been flouted, and with such harm and mock as I believe must vex them greatly; if anger to ill-will be added, they will come after us more merciless than the dog upon the leveret which he snaps.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • OEDIPUS And who could stay his choler when he heard How insolently thou dost flout the State?
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • You have all of you flouted me.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Another poem concerning’ Gilgamesh and the Bull of Heaven’ lies behind the corresponding episodes in the Ninevite collation describing the flouting and revenge of the Goddess Ishtar.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Dante turned on her and said: —And am I to sit here and listen to the pastors of my church being flouted?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • —Though Nature hath given us wit to flout at Fortune, hath not Fortune sent in this fool to cut off the argument?
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • I must admit that I have always been afraid that you would take what we might call the ’Fred and George’ route, rather than following in my footsteps, so you can imagine my feelings on hearing you have stopped flouting authority and have decided to shoulder some real responsibility.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • What a poor fellow I must be to let you mock and flout me as you have done!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Why, first,—for flouting me; and then wherefore, For urging it the second time to me.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • If you think I’m so damaged that it’s safe to flout me, you’re mistaken Come here, and I’ll squeeze your eyes out, like I did to Radbug just now.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Men have such different standards of worth from women, and her dear things—the valuable things to her—her brothers had so often mocked or flouted.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • They had numerous mental conventions and when these were flouted they found it very difficult to function.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He asked that the child’s stubborn heart be softened and that the sin of disobedience be forgiven him also, through the advocacy of the man whom he had flouted and disobeyed, requesting that Almighty be as magnanimous as himself, and by and through and because of conscious grace.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Mind you, I am not seeking to flout or belittle or reflect in any way on this poor, dead girl.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • To stimulate wildly weak and untrained minds is to play with mighty fires; to flout their striving idly is to welcome a harvest of brutish crime and shameless lethargy in our very laps.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Some PAC prisoners, who often flouted the rules simply for the sake of doing so, spent a great deal of time in isolation.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • But flouting the rules of the Institute seems to have been common in this beautiful room.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …could hear these words: "Urge me not to sing, Emerencia, for thou knowest that ever since this stranger entered the castle and my eyes beheld him, I cannot sing but only weep; besides my lady is a light rather than a heavy sleeper, and I would not for all the wealth of the world that she found us here; and even if she were asleep and did not waken, my singing would be in vain, if this strange AEneas, who has come into my neighbourhood to flout me, sleeps on and wakens not to hear it."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I’ll save her from disobeying and disgracing her father; I’ll save her from throwing herself away on you,—from making herself a laughing-stock,—from being flouted by a man like your father, because she’s not good enough for his son.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • But at least, if he was going to break with tradition and flout society in the face, he need not have married poor Amy Dagonet, who had a right to expect "something different," and money enough to keep her own carriage.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
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