Look down upon can mean "considering someone or something lesser or inferior in some way", but can it also mean look down from a more elevated position? If not is there a phrasal verb for it?

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    Looking down from a more elevated position might be better as "looking down at someone." Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 0:33

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Yes, it can be used in either way. You could even say something like

The bullies looked down upon me as I crawled in the dirt. "Fair enough," I thought, "I look down upon them."

In fact, the definition "considering someone inferior" is a figurative reference to the more straightforward physical situation.

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