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.
See also: down, nose
References in classic literature ?
All right, Lucy"--she was sitting up again--"I see you looking down your nose and thinking your mother's a snob.
Then, looking down your nose into a mirror, place one lash on to the outer edge of your eye.
If you are not happy living in the same boundary then move, stop moaning and get a hobby, something other than looking down your nose.
If that was Val from Braintree wearing the same stuff you'd have been looking down your nose so much that you'd have poked your weasly eye out.
And it's nothing but snobbery to look down your nose at an organisation because you don't think they'll have the business sophistication to run a football club.
Telling the world how clever they are but seemingly unable to gain employment, how dare you look down your nose at the working man.
Because they are attached to the hat, they won't slide down your nose or irritate your ears, the designer says, and they're also less likely to fall off or to be misplaced.
While eyeglasses are treschic, contacts can be a great alternative--they won't fall down your nose during cheerleading.
So if you are driving the latest Renault Espace or Chrysler Voyager, don't look down your nose if an aged CA minibus parks beside you.
"But you can't afford to look down your nose at anybody."
The other is to get hysterical in your local and slap your rival with your specs all fogged up and snot running down your nose.
How about an installment called Don't Look Down Your Nose - I've Got Lovely New Clothes?