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.
See also: down, look, nose, something

look down your nose at

despise. informal
See also: down, look, nose

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?
See also: down, look, nose
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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.
What this misses though, is that it has been somewhat too easy to blame these institutions and the people who work in them and for the public and press to look down their noses at them, blaming them for all the problems of abuse.
Even though only 30 miles separate the two clubs, many Saints fans tend to look down their noses at the Cherries - and don't see this clash as a derby.
Silly me, I've thought for most of my 84 years that we went to war because we hated Hitler and the Nazi regime whose policies amongst other things were to look down their noses at what were called inferior races.
For all the racing professionals who look down their noses at Thompson and McCririck, there is a truth to them.
People look down their noses at this competition because it doesn't feature SPL clubs but winning a cup is always enjoyable.
Emperorj seems to have his own answer: "They already do so, but they ignore all questions they don't like, can't hear, as the mikes don't work, or just look down their noses at you and go on to the next question.
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Those who look down their noses at their constituents smugly maintain that the difficulty Schwarzenegger has had with his initiatives proves that direct democracy is demonstrably inferior to giving elected leaders exclusive jurisdiction over public policy.
Traditionally, travel writers tended to look down their noses at Wales.
But entertain the masses and they'll look down their noses at you.
We are pleased to entertain all cultures, providing they are law-abiding,loving,and don't look down their noses at those who are not like them.