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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The sweat was standing on my forehead, and I could feel it trickling down my nose. I felt as though I should faint, and reached out to the rail for support.
When this failed to break me, they mixed chilli powder in the water and ran it down my nose,"Bishnoi added.
A quick sweep across the top of my cheeks and down my nose and I looked like I had the glowing skin of a teenager.
"I have a big scar down my nose but a lady who specialises in covering up bruising and scaring contacted me after reading about me.
'Too down-market for me', I sneered, giving myself vertigo as I looked down my nose - and this from a person who considers Hotter Than My Daughter, basically a face-off between an oversexed mum and daughter, as the highlight of my week.
I'm not looking down my nose thinking 'those people.' I'm doing it.
Now I'm feeling fine and nothing comes down my nose. No crumbs, no major bits of food that get trapped.
'I blacked out for about five seconds then I felt blood pouring down my nose like a fast, dripping tap.
IF YOU aren't already addicted to the greatest comedy ever then I look down my nose at you in disgust, you sad, worthless subhuman.