Definition of de haut en bas in English:

de haut en bas

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.’

Origin

French, from above to below.

Pronunciation:

de haut en bas

/French də ot ɑ̃ ba//də ˌəʊt ɒ̃ ˈbɑː/