look down your nose

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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.
See also: down, look, nose
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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?
See also: down, look, nose
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"But you can't afford to look down your nose at anybody."
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.
So if you are driving the latest Renault Espace or Chrysler Voyager, don't look down your nose if an aged, stubby-nosed CA minibus parks beside you.
Don't look down your nose at the match-fixers embroiled in scandal in Italy - because it's an odds-on shot it's happening here too.
If a drunk comes up to you in a hospitality suite and tells you to 'f*** off to Newcastle', you would look down your nose at him and walk away.
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