Share this entry

Share this page

de haut en bas

Line breaks: de haut en bas
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
More example sentences
  • 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.


French, 'from above to below'.

Definition of de haut en bas in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coxcomb
Pronunciation: ˈkɒkskəʊm
a vain and conceited man; a dandy