look down (one's) nose at (someone or something)

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look down (one's) nose at (someone or something)

To regard oneself as superior to others and thus act in a haughty or snobbish manner. 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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look down your nose at something

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone looks down their nose at a thing or person, they regard that thing or person as inferior and treat them with disrespect. I get the impression they look down their noses at people who are not dressed in expensive labels. I thought he'd look down his nose at pop music. Note: You use this expression to show that you disapprove of this attitude.
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look down your nose at

despise. informal
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look down your ˈnose (at somebody/something)

(informal, especially British English) behave in a way that suggests that you think that you are better than somebody, or that something is not good enough for you: Why do you always look down your nose at people who have less money than you?
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look down (one's) nose

at/on
To regard with contempt or condescension.
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GRANT GILLESPIE refuses to look down his nose at the critics because he's too busy looking up the Premiership for a top-six finish.
If George Osborne's intention is to widen that welfare reform debate beyond Britain's borders to the whole of Europe, does he have the right to look down his nose at the Eurozone's alleged failures to grapple with this agenda?
JUAN MATA already has a World Cup winner's medal around his neck - but he won't look down his nose at a European Under-21 gong to hang beside it.
That's why it is so ludicrous for David Cameron to look down his nose at the regions and refer to 'all this regional stuff ' he wants to axe and wind up, like the business-led regional development agencies.
REGARDING your article on Cllr Peter Milea (Daily Post, Wednesday, May 30), I sympathise with Peter for not getting into the game from the start, but to then look down his nose at fellow Reds like myself because we hadn't seen every minute of every away game is wrong.