to look down on

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - look down on

"to look down on"

to regard with contempt or condescension, consider oneself superior to


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - look down on

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: That poor fellow who works in the mail room. Must be terrible to be uneducated and poor with no hope for advancement.

Colleague 2:  Really? You think you are superior to him. Do you even know his name?

Colleague 1:  Why do I need to know his name. He is a nobody.

Colleague 2:  Well, his name is Ken and he is working on a PhD in computer science. He works in the mail room so that he can study. You really shouldn't look down on him. He could be your boss one day.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - look down on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Why do people look down on us just because we are homeless?

Friend 2:  They think we are inferior.

Friend 1:  Don't they realize that we are just like them except we have had a couple of bad breaks?

Friend 2:  No. They just make judgments and consider themselves superior.

to look down on - Usage:


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to look down on - Gerund Form:

Looking down on those less fortunate than you is not a sign of a good character.

to look down on - Examples:

1)  You know that going to a small school, everybody will kind of look down on you. I'm just out here playing with that chip on my shoulder.

2)  Well I love offal; in our house we didn't look down on offal, we celebrated it like any other cut of meat.

3)  Hopefully Aiden will look down on us and think we are all a crazy bunch.

4)  We should not look down on others or humiliate people. If we show mutual respect others will respect us.

5)  Many people often look down on public employment programmes.

6)  I've had people look down on me, put me down because I didn't look like them.

7)  You look down on others for being not perfect, ...

8)  Shortly, all those that look down on you will regret it because your destiny will soon change for good.

9)  My father would look down on me and be disgusted.

10)  Celebrities and highly successful people all over the world tend to look down on the so-called down-trodden and the deprived.

11)  ... that they often monopolize conversations; that they belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior; that they feel a sense of entitlement; ...

12)  People look down on prisoners, they call you names, you can not find work, and ...

13)  It may be true that Southerners may look down on Northerners but I can tell you that we secretly admire them for the their ...

14)  Make no mistake about it, these are people who look down on you, with disdain, and treat you like fools.

15)  Be humble: Look down on no one. People grow taller. Times change.

16)  I was raised not to look down on people whose preferences are different from my own.

17)  Maybe people will look down on me because of my tattoos. But I feel more confident by having them ...

18)  He would never allow us to look down on people. We came from very humble origins and as a father, ...

19)  ... they almost look down on you if your children don't achieve at that level.

20)  ... they don't look down on other religions while insisting his party respects all religions equally.