To look down upon people, to treat people inferior or low


  • In 18th century, the phrase “to look down” at others meant that you are superior, in rank, status or something to others. It was after two centuries that “nose” was added in the expression. The phrase rightly explains those who think they are superior and consider others low, poor, menial and inferior to them, they actually “look  down their nose at them”, because they are arrogant and their vanity has made them so.

Those who look down their noses at others can never attain glory in the real sense.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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أنظر إلى أنفك في شخص ما

mira por la nariz a alguien

از کسی به پایین نگاه کن

regarde quelqu'un par le nez

féach síos do shrón ar dhuine

lihat ke bawah pada seseorang

మీ ముక్కును ఎవరో చూడండి


کسی کو اپنی ناک دیکھو

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