look down on (someone or something)(redirected from look down on them)
look down on (someone or something)
To regard oneself as superior to someone or something and thus act in a haughty or snobbish manner. The well-dressed businessman looked down on the kid wearing a T-shirt in the elevator, not knowing that he was the new CEO. I have no idea why some people look down on those who speak with an accent—that means they know at least two languages!
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look down on
Also, look down one's nose at. Regard with contempt or condescension, consider oneself superior to. For example, When it comes to baking, Beth is a purist-she looks down on anyone who uses a mix, or Seniors have a way of looking down their noses at juniors. The first expression dates from about 1700, the second from about 1900.
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