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1. To glance or gaze downward (at someone or something). The married couple looked down at us from the balcony of the hotel. He always gets embarrassed and looks down at his feet when I go over to talk to him. Why are you looking down in all of the photos I have of you?
2. To glance or gaze along or through something. I looked down the pipe, but I couldn't see anything obstructing it. If you look down the length of the board, you can see where it has started to warp from the moisture.
3. To regard someone or something as contemptible or inferior to oneself and thus act in a haughty or snobbish manner toward them or it. The well-dressed businessman looked down on the young woman wearing jeans and a T-shirt in the elevator, not knowing that she was the company's new CEO. I have no idea why some people look down at those who speak with an accent—that means they know at least two languages!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
look down(at someone or something)
1. to turn one's gaze downward at someone or something. She looked down at me and giggled at the awkward position I was in. She looked down and burst into laughter.
2. and look down one's nose at someone or something; look down on someone or something to view someone or something as lowly or unworthy. She looked down at all the waiters and treated them badly. They looked down on our humble food. Don't look down your nose at my car just because it's rusty and noisy.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To view something from above: We looked down at the rocky coast and watched the waves crash onto the shore.
2. look down on To be situated so as to provide a view of something from above: The living room of my apartment looks down on a parking lot.
3. look down on To disapprove of something or someone: My boss looks down on tardiness. The landlord looked down on tenants who could not pay rent on time.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To regard with contempt or condescension.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.