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break one's arm patting oneself on the back

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break one's arm patting oneself on the back

verb phrase

To be very self-gratulatory; bask in smugness: I think we've improved the Met a great deal. I don't mean I'm breaking my arm patting myself on the back (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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