with (one's) nose in the air

with (one's) nose in the air

In a haughty, condescending, or disdainful manner. The CEO always strolls through the office with his nose in the air, as if he's better than all us peons who do the actual work in the company.
See also: air, nose

with your nose in the air

haughtily.
1994 Time Charles de Gaulle arrived in the U.S. with his nose in the air; he considered Jackie empty and much too beau monde.
See also: air, nose

with your ˈnose in the air

(informal, disapproving) in a way that is unfriendly and suggests that you think that you are better than other people: I hate the way she walks round with her nose in the air. She thinks she’s better than us just because her family is rich.He sat with his nose in the air and never bothered to speak to anybody.
See also: air, nose