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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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So easy it was to feel sorry, to look slightly down one's nose at those learning the capitalist game.
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It is easy to look down one's nose at the good folk who turn out for royal occasions such as this wearing Union Jack hats and probably (for all we know) similarly patterned underwear.
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This isn't to look down one's nose at rural Welsh life.
The British habit of looking down one's nose at engineers, plumbers and electricians provides a constant source of surprise to visitors from abroad.