Archive for December 17, 2010

inseparable phrasal verb: look down on

The phrasal verb for this week is related to the adjective I wrote about on Wednesday: “stuck up”. The phrasal verb is “look down on”. It is used when we want to talk about a person who thinks of another person as being inferior to themselves. Therefore, stuck up people often look down on others. For example:

Grant is such a stuck up snob! He looks down on me just because I don’t have much money or an expensive education.

I’m tired of being looked down on by Grant. (passive voice)

I know I shouldn’t, but I tend to look down on women who read cheap romance novels.

My parents look down on my girlfriend because she’s a waitress, but I don’t care what they think.

I used to look down on people who have blue collar jobs, but I don’t anymore.

Obviously, looking down on other people is bad, but most people do it sometimes.

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