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- adv. With condescension; superciliously
From French du haut en bas ("from on high to low") (Wiktionary)
But in the treatment of peasant life by most of Bjornson's predecessors there had been too much of the de haut en bas attitude; the peasant had been drawn from the outside, viewed philosophically, and invested with artificial sentiment.