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de haut en bas

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Pronunciation: /də ˌəʊt ɒ̃ ˈbɑː
 
, də ot ɑ̃ ba/

Definition of de haut en bas in English:

adverb& adjective

In a condescending or superior manner: [as adverb]: he never addressed his students de haut en bas
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  • The constitution is the epitome of Europe de haut en bas, of decisions imposed by elites.
  • Everybody thinks they know more about the internet than everybody else so I anticipate a tirade of abuse and de haut en bas dismissals.
  • But that kind of approach strikes us as disagreeably de haut en bas now, and paternalism isn't really a vote-winner any more.

Origin

French, 'from above to below'.

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