Phrasal Verbs

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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