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[taw-fee-nohzd, tof-ee-]
adjective British Slang.
  1. stuck-up; conceited; pretentious: a toffee-nosed butler; a toffee-nosed shop.
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Origin of toffee-nosed

First recorded in 1920–25
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  1. slang, mainly British pretentious or supercilious; used esp of snobbish people
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps coined as a pun on toffy stylish, grand: see toff
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