look down on(redirected from look down one's nose at)
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Related to look down one's nose at: handle with kid gloves, paint oneself into a corner, go by the book, be under a cloud
look down on somebody/something
to consider someone or something as not important or of value look down your nose at somebody/something “A lot of people look down on us because we're homeless,” she says.
look down on
Also, look down one's nose at. Regard with contempt or condescension, consider oneself superior to. For example, When it comes to baking, Beth is a purist-she looks down on anyone who uses a mix, or Seniors have a way of looking down their noses at juniors. The first expression dates from about 1700, the second from about 1900.