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    Default idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Hi everyone,

    There are some idioms which describe haughty and arrogant person:

    To put on/ give oneself airs
    To be/ get too big for one’s boots
    To be/ get too big for one’s britches
    To get a swelled head
    To have one’s nose in the air


    Do you use them?

    Or do you know another idiom with the same meaning?

    Many Thanks to everyone!

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    Hi everyone,

    There are some idioms which describe haughty and arrogant person:

    To put on/ give oneself airs
    To be/ get too big for one’s boots
    To be/ get too big for one’s britches
    To get a swelled head
    To have one’s nose in the air


    Do you use them?

    Or do you know another idiom with the same meaning?

    Many Thanks to everyone!

    She/He's full of her/himself.

    I don't usually hear or use the above with the exception of "nose in the air".
    This is actually used more as a gesture where I'm from.

    I generally use stuck up or something a touch more vulgar.

    Not a teacher.

    Last edited by SanMar; 19-Apr-2011 at 06:18. Reason: forgot

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Someone who thinks the sun shines out their ass or someone who thinks their sh*t don't stink (we usually use the incorrect grammar to make the phrase a bit more "earthy" and colloquial)

    The second phrase is conveniently the chorus of this song (hushed up on MTV to protect delicate American sensibilities... also, he doesn't call her a "witch" on the album version either): YouTube - Outkast-Roses Official Music Video The chorus starts at 1:54

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    Agree on "vulgar"^^

    If I had to be "polite", I'd use stuck up. Otherwise whatever I say would involve swearing.

    ex. she's a stuck-up b*tch
    he's an arrogant pr*ck

    I hope I didn't offend anyone's sensibilities here...

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Well since it's after the watershed, if I'm feeling particularly wordy I'll say that someone is "up his own a** with a stepladder."

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    Well since it's after the watershed, if I'm feeling particularly wordy I'll say that someone is "up his own a** with a stepladder."
    Brilliant! I'll have to use this as soon as possible in a conversation!

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    Well since it's after the watershed, if I'm feeling particularly wordy I'll say that someone is "up his own a** with a stepladder."
    what does it exactly mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    what does it exactly mean?
    If you have "your head up your ass", you're very self-absorbed, pompous, full of yourself.
    If you're so far up your ass as to need a stepladder, then you're really pompous and self important.

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    Well since it's after the watershed, if I'm feeling particularly wordy I'll say that someone is "up his own a** with a stepladder."
    That's new to me! Stepladder eh?

    Actually so is "after the watershed"

    Navel gazing (it refers to one's own navel) also refers to someone that is self-absorbed. Apparently term isn't always negative but I've never heard it used in a non-negative way.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navel-gazing

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    :)
    Last edited by SanMar; 20-Apr-2011 at 04:02. Reason: add more stuff

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    That's new to me! Stepladder eh?
    You might like this: Urban Dictionary: cranioproctologist

    not for the easily offended

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