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[loo k-doun] /ˈlʊkˌdaʊn/
the appearance of paper when inspected under reflected light.
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  • It is always worth while to look down and see what is happening.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
  • She did not venture to look down, but kept her eyes on the wall.

  • Why, I am so conceited at the fact that you are going to marry me that I look down on every one else.

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley
  • look down the river and you can see these boats cruising about among the shipping.

    Rollo in London Jacob Abbott
  • Place a penny on the middle of one of your tables in Space; and leaning over it, look down upon it.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for look down

look down

(intransitive, adverb; foll by on or upon) to express or show contempt or disdain (for)
(informal) look down one's nose at, to be contemptuous or disdainful of
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Word Origin and History for look down



type of sea fish, 1882, from look (v.) + down (adv.). So called from facial structure.

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