look down on

This page is about the phrasal verb look down on.

Meaning: to think that someone is not as good as you are, or not as important as you are

Synonym: disdain, scorn

For example:

  • look down on sb Rich students from the city looked down on Pedro because he was from a poor family in the countryside.

  • look down on sb Looking down on people who are less fortunate than oneself is a sure sign of stupidity.

Quick Quiz:

Lady Crawford and her friends are in the habit of looking down on people who are

a. wealthier than they are

b. taller than they are

c. less-educated than they are

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Contributor: Matt Errey