look down


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look down

vb
1. (intr, adverb; foll by on or upon) to express or show contempt or disdain (for)
2. look down one's nose at informal to be contemptuous or disdainful of
Translations

w>look down

vihinunter-/heruntersehen or -schauen (dial)or -gucken (inf); we looked down the holewir sahen etc ins Loch hinunter; look down on the valley belowsieh etc ins Tal hinunter
References in classic literature ?
And even as we, who are now in Space, look down on Flatland and see the insides of all things, so of a certainty there is yet above us some higher, purer region, whither thou dost surely purpose to lead me -- O Thou Whom I shall always call, everywhere and in all Dimensions, my Priest, Philosopher, and Friend -- some yet more spacious Space, some more dimensionable Dimensionality, from the vantage-ground of which we shall look down together upon the revealed insides of Solid things, and where thine own intestines, and those of thy kindred Spheres, will lie exposed to the view of the poor wandering exile from Flatland, to whom so much has already been vouchsafed.
What therefore more easy than now to take his servant on a second journey into the blessed region of the Fourth Dimension, where I shall look down with him once more upon this land of Three Dimensions, and see the inside of every three-dimensioned house, the secrets of the solid earth, the treasures of the mines in Spaceland, and the intestines of every solid living creature, even of the noble and adorable Spheres.
Take them again, they are now brighter than before; now look down into the deep well close by; I shall tell thee the names of the two flowers thou wouldst have torn up, and thou wilt see their whole future life--their whole human existence: and see what thou wast about to disturb and destroy.
But for Alexey Alexandrovitch it was a necessity to think in that way; it was such a necessity for him in his humiliation to have some elevated standpoint, however imaginary, from which, looked down upon by all, he could look down on others, that he clung, as to his one salvation, to his delusion of salvation.
But she added: "Once you have given birth, you don't care who has a good old look down there.
Presenters Bettany Hughes and Ben Robinson utilise a remote-controlled helicopter carrying a camera to look down on a variety of castles, monuments, walls and ruins scattered around Britain.
What have they done in this world that gives them the right to look down on other people in the first place ?
I am middle class and look up to him and look down on him.
CERYS MATTHEWS Don't Look Down (Rainbow City) w IT is hard to reconcile the modern Matthews with the anti-hero of the late 1990s.
I wish I could look down past the burning chandelier inside me
1 : to look down upon or provide a view of from above <The house overlooks a valley.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Most Americans reject the suggestion that any of the leading presidential candidates look down on the average American -- though more say it applies to Hillary Clinton (32%) than to Barack Obama (26%) or John McCain (22%).