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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Whatever the reason, we should all be looking down our noses at them as their selfish behaviour makes the city a worse place and gives responsible pet owners a bad name.
We look down our noses at Berlusconi's enviable (to most hen-pecked males on our island) romps.
The hard part for many of us may be reining in our "secret society" fantasy and not looking down our noses at the straights.
What really galls me is our hypocrisy when looking down our noses at Third World countries.
Foreigners reckon we are an aloof, class-obsessed people, who look down our noses at other nationalities and are slow to move with the times.
Even the religious snobs among us who look down our noses at the very idea of formal canonization could not reasonably find fault with that outcome.
For years we've looked down our noses at the corruption in Pakistani and Indian politics.
(Someone is buying all of those tabloid newspapers and tuning in to all those radio talk shows.) We revel in the soap-opera drama of power and fame and then look down our noses and delight in admissions of guilt.