One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjective
In a condescending or superior manner.as adverb ‘he never addressed his students de haut en bas’as adjective ‘he has a certain de haut en bas style’
- ‘Everybody thinks they know more about the internet than everybody else so I anticipate a tirade of abuse and de haut en bas dismissals.’
- ‘The constitution is the epitome of Europe de haut en bas, of decisions imposed by elites.’
- ‘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’.
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