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    What airs that girl gives herself,

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    What airs that girl gives herself, because she is an Earl's grand-daughter," .
    What a bumptious girl is she, because she is an Earl's grand-daughter," .

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.

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    Re: What airs that girl gives herself,

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    What airs that girl gives herself, because she is an Earl's grand-daughter," .
    What a bumptious girl is she, because she is an Earl's grand-daughter," .

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    I wasn't sure if you wanted to know if you can replace "what airs she gives herself" with "what a bumptious girl she is". If that's what you meant, then I would say they have slightly different meanings.

    To me, "to give oneself airs" means to behave as if one is a higher class than one actually is, or to act as if one deserves better treatment or more deference.

    Bumptious: offensively self-assertive or conceited (from The Free Dictionary)

    I don't see them as quite the same thing.

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