de haut en bas

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Etymology[edit]

From French du haut en bas (from on high to low)

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Adverb[edit]

de haut en bas (not comparable)

  1. With condescension; superciliously. Also used attributively.
    • 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 4
      The landlady looked at him de haut en bas, rather pitying, and at the same time, resenting his clear, fierce morality.
    • 2016, Stoddard Martin, Literary Review, April 2016, p. 19:
      Thomas initially took a de haut en bas attitude to Nazism, expecting it to be a flash in the pan.

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  • E. Cobham Brewer. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898