Dumb insolence

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Dumb insolence is an offence against military discipline in which a subordinate displays an attitude of defiance towards a superior without open disagreement.[1] It is also found in settings such as education in which obedience and deference to a teacher is expected but may be refused by unruly pupils.[2] For example, a pupil may suck their teeth, sigh or walk away while being spoken to.[3]

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  1. ^ Daphne M. Gulland, David Hinds-Howell (1986), The Penguin Dictionary of English Idioms, p. 125 
  2. ^ Philip Richard D. Corrigan (1990), Social Forms/human Capacities, p. 176, ISBN 9780415043540 
  3. ^ David Fontana, Managing classroom behaviour