Sometimes while I'm writing I want to make a character exhale sharply, like a silent snort. Usually it's in disgust or stubbornness (or both). Is there a word for this? I've seen people use "sniffed," but I just can't wrap my head around that. Sniffed, to me, is inhaling, not exhaling, and that's so ingrained into my brain that I just can't use it. Any suggestions? Would it be weird to just say, "blah exhaled sharply and raised his/her chin"?