down (one's) nose

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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.
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References in classic literature ?
And this long row seemed particularly hard work to Levin; but when the end was reached and Tit, shouldering his scythe, began with deliberate stride returning on the tracks left by his heels in the cut grass, and Levin walked back in the same way over the space he had cut, in spite of the sweat that ran in streams over his face and fell in drops down his nose, and drenched his back as though he had been soaked in water, he felt very happy.
So tense was he, so bent upon the work he had to do, that the sweat stung his eyes unwiped, and unheeded rolled down his nose and spattered his saddle pommel.
What right had Lord Dawlish to look down his nose and murmur ' Noblesse oblige ' when she asked him a question, as if she had suggested that he should commit some crime?
His face was drawn and strained, and the sweat rolled down his nose from his forehead.
The Babu looked shyly down his nose. 'Well, you see, I am fearful man, and I do not like responsibility.
He did not want to cry - had never felt less like crying in his life - but of a sudden easy, stupid tears trickled down his nose, and with an almost audible click he felt the wheels of his being lock up anew on the world without.
Seeing young Stubble engaged in composition at one of the coffee- room tables at the Slaughters', and the tears trickling down his nose on to the paper (for the youngster was thinking of his mamma, and that he might never see her again), Dobbin, who was going to write off a letter to George Osborne, relented, and locked up his desk.
Meanwhile Toby, putting a hand on each knee, bent down his nose to the basket, and took a long inspiration at the lid; the grin upon his withered face expanding in the process, as if he were inhaling laughing gas.
After the attack Mr Robinson was left with two black eyes and bruising down his nose. He said the incident began when he saw the attacker "stood staring", before the man shouted "what are you looking at?" Police say they are investigating an assault of an 82-year-old man on Pooles Lane in the Willenhall area of Walsall just before 11am on July 16.
The normally unflappable world champ has been riled by his American rivals claims he has become "posh" and looks down his nose at the sport.
DEVIN TONER is looking over his shoulder and not down his nose at the young guns who want a place in Ireland's second row.
The grandfather-of-five was left with blood pouring down his nose when a man he had been sent to assist lashed out at him.
DAVID CAMERON was accused of looking "down his nose" at the North yesterday, as Labour tried to fight back in the damaging row over its plans to hike National Insurance.
THE North East was thrust to the forefront of a bitter election campaign yesterday as Labour accused Tory leader David Cameron of "looking down his nose" at the region.
Don't know if there'd been a bit of friction backstage beforehand or whether Myleen Klass still bore a grudge for being locked in a box with a mandrill on the duo's show all those years before, but the air was frosty at best - John Sargeant talking down his nose to the pair with the same haughtiness that Bill Grundy applied to the Sex Pistols in 1976.