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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    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.
    You can avoiid mention of where they stick their head by saying that he's up himself, she's up herself, etc or can in BrE anyway.

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    I'm under the impression that having one's head up one's a** and being up oneself is different. The first means to be stupid and clueless and we can tell someone "Pull your head out of your a**!" to mean "Stop being so incredibly stupid!" The second only means full of oneself and there's no equivalent "pull yourself out..." command.

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    Default Re: idioms to describe haughty and arrogant person

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    I'm under the impression that having one's head up one's a** and being up oneself is different. The first means to be stupid and clueless and we can tell someone "Pull your head out of your a**!" to mean "Stop being so incredibly stupid!" The second only means full of oneself and there's no equivalent "pull yourself out..." command.
    hm... I thought they're the same. The person is so incredibly stupid because their ass is so far up (i.e. they're so full of themselves) that they cannot see the truth! But I approve of your last sentence. Started my day with a good laugh.

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