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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOOK DOWN UPON

If we're above the enemy, perhaps we can look down upon him.

Let us go up, Chebron; it will be curious to look down upon the courts.

Wherein, then, lay the height from which I presumed to look down upon these comrades?

Horner was inclined to look down upon Jim for his want of education.

This was the man, and these his associates, who look down upon us from the canvas.

Place your hand upon the globe and look down upon this table.

Because you hurt him sadly when he was a boy, you are inclined to look down upon him for life.

For he did not look down upon the "Gentry of the land," for being out at elbows.

O Gods, if you are capable of compassion, look down upon me——have pity!

Louis, as a college man, began to look down upon all of them.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English locian "use the eyes for seeing, gaze, look, behold, spy," from West Germanic *lokjan (cf. Old Saxon lokon "see, look, spy," Middle Dutch loeken "to look," Old High German luogen, German dialectal lugen "to look out"), of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with Breton lagud "eye." In Old English, usually with on; the use of at began 14c. Meaning "seek, search out" is c.1300; meaning "to have a certain appearance" is from c.1400. Of objects, "to face in a certain direction," late 14c.

Look after "take care of" is from late 14c., earlier "to seek" (c.1300), "to look toward" (c.1200). Look into "investigate" is from 1580s; look up "research in books or papers" is from 1690s. To look down upon in the figurative sense is from 1711; to look down one's nose is from 1921. To look forward "anticipate" is c.1600; meaning "anticipate with pleasure" is mid-19c. To not look back "make no pauses" is colloquial, first attested 1893. In look sharp (1711) sharp originally was an adverb, "sharply."

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