adverb & adjective
In a condescending or superior manner.[as adverb] ‘he never addressed his students de haut en bas’
- ‘The constitution is the epitome of Europe de haut en bas, of decisions imposed by elites.’
- ‘Everybody thinks they know more about the internet than everybody else so I anticipate a tirade of abuse and de haut en bas dismissals.’
- ‘But that kind of approach strikes us as disagreeably de haut en bas now, and paternalism isn't really a vote-winner any more.’
French, from above to below.