Definition of look down on in US English:

look down on

phrasal verb

  • Regard (someone) with a feeling of superiority.

    • ‘Serving someone was looked down on, and the art of gracious service got lost.’
    • ‘She had never felt so disliked and looked down on before in her life.’
    • ‘If you don't make good money you are a loser and may be looked down on, no matter how civilized and ethical you are.’
    • ‘Melanie does everything wrong and everyone looks down on her, even the doormen in her building.’
    • ‘Since the seventh grade I have been looked down on for something that I cannot change.’
    • ‘Why is it that parents are looked down on if they put their child in daycare, but stay at home moms also get looked down on?’
    • ‘A woman smoking on the street would be looked down on.’
    • ‘He despised his father for looking down on his mother and for neglecting Lynn.’
    • ‘Don't consider me some well-off snob who looks down on all you bus riders because I do not.’
    • ‘Who now remembers when clothes catalogues were looked down on as merely a way of buying basic items by instalment?’
    disdain, scorn, hold in disdain, regard with contempt, treat with contempt, sneer at, spurn, shun, disparage, pooh-pooh, despise
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