Please help me recall this verb, I can't find it googling. It means treat something as insignificant, be condescending about something. And it goes with "at"

It's an opportunity/offer not to be _____ed at [that is, you should consider it seriously].

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    – stangdon
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 14:43
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    @stangdon aaaaaand... We have a winner! 🎉 Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 14:48
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    Or not to be sniffed at Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 16:24
  • The thing is that we generally don't start sentences like that. We'd say: You shouldn't scoff at an opportunity like that.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 16:26
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    @Lambie I disagree, as you can find plenty of examples of "not to be scoffed at"; it's something of a stock phrase, IMO.
    – stangdon
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 16:55

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To estimate as insignificant or worthless... this is an opportunity for you to use (perhaps) the longest word in English:

It's an opportunity not to be floccinaucinihilipilificated, that is you should consider it seriously.

Ok, well that was a bit of a joke answer, floccinaucinihilipilification isn't a "real" word, as it was made up as a very long word. For a real answer, I would use "scoffed". To "scoff" is to speak or laugh about something in a derisive or mocking manner. The idiom "not to be scoffed at" means "to be taken seriously.

This is an opportunity not to be scoffed at; you should take it seriously.

  • It's funny that my comment under the question was not understood and here you are rewriting it in a much more plausible form, which illustrates exactly what I said.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 17:17

You may be thinking of "sneer", which is often followed by "at":

It's an opportunity/offer not to be sneered at.

From M-W:

intransitive verb
1: to smile or laugh with facial contortions that express scorn or contempt
2: to speak or write in a scornfully jeering manner
. . .
SNEER stresses insulting by contemptuous facial expression, phrasing, or tone of voice.
sneered at anything romantic

"Scoff" and "sniff" (mentioned in comments above) are also possible.

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