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 Whitehall mandarins who decide these things are elitist and arrogant and look down their nose at people like Cowell and Beckham, and instead stuff it mostly with their cronies.
Whichever saying you use, those words come from someone looking down their nose at someone else.
They tend to look down their nose at anything popular, as they think they know a lot more than the punters do.
Men should tilt their heads back and look down their nose.
Just a couple of years ago the Ibrox club gave the impression of looking down their nose at this tournament.
Smokers attempting to quit hate those who nag, lecture and look down their nose at them.
The thing I like about good old Woolies is that they do not look down their nose at you when you buy pop music.
The ocean liner bar steward turned blunt Deputy PM accuses them of looking down their nose at him.
They look down their nose at them, sneer and suggest they should do something useful.
They always look down their noses at us whether it's football, rugby, boxing or whatever.
He accuses anti Brexiteers of labelling leavers as being "working class, racist, stupid and looking down their noses at those they consider their social inferiors" How dare he label me in that way when it is quite clear that those looking down their noses are the Boris Johnsons, Rees Moggs and Farages who totally led the electorate astray with their promises of what riches "leaving" would provide.
I have seen him nearly every day suffering outside Iceland on Gateshead High Street and I have noticed people looking at him and looking down their noses at him as in disgust, but people are homeless for all different reasons.
I have seen him nearly everyday suffering outside Iceland on Gateshead High Street and I have noticed people looking down their noses at him as in disgust, but people are homeless for all different reasons.
She said: "Some Tories look down their noses at me because, as you can hear, I wasn't born with a plum in my mouth.
The Yanks sneer down their noses at British tabloids - yet they have no qualms about publishing details such as these without any admission from Affleck.