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down (one's) nose

In a haughty or snobbish manner (typically because one regards oneself as superior to others). The well-dressed businessman looked down his nose at the homeless man sitting on the corner. Once Jane was promoted to management, she looked down her nose at the people who used to be her colleagues.
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down (one's) nose

Informal
With disapproval, contempt, or arrogance: Year-round residents here look down their noses at the summer people.
See also: down, nose
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I know it might sound petty, but she looks down her nose at us and whenever I'm with her I get a really strong feeling that she'd rather be somewhere else.
I know it might sound petty but she looks down her nose at us and whenever I'm with her I get a really strong feeling that she'd rather be somewhere else.
When she's so very blatantly using the media to promote herself, maybe she should stop looking down her nose at it and behaving like, well - the Queen.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who saw his party gain its second by-election victory in six weeks, said Ms Thornberry clearly "looked down her nose" at working people.
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Her parents Aziz and Suzanne, of Heaton, Newcastle, have said they will not allow doctors to put a camera down her nose to investigate her body as the procedure has already been performed in Saudi Arabia, where Maria was born.
Being a quick study, it didn't take him long to decide that the Gray Lady - in common with most newspapers - looked down her nose at photography.
She's spent much of her time looking down her nose at those Ramsay Street residents she believes don't live up to her high moral code and now she's been arrested for Terrence's murder.
She has a beautiful white blaze down her nose and gorgeous eyes.
And just like the original landlady, she'll be bossy, haughty and look down her nose at regulars like Les Battersby.
Even when Jack was shot to death by his crazed lady lawyer right in front of her, sour-faced Sam was still looking firmly down her nose.