From French du haut en bas (“from on high to low”)
de haut en bas (not comparable)
- 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.
- E. Cobham Brewer. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898