- a haughty attitude or temper; a contemptuous manner.
Origin of high horse
Examples from the Web for high horse
But she was foolish to get on her 'high-horse' and turn down my proposition.El Diablo
If she'd come off her high-horse the old man might leave a wad to Donnie.The Long Dim Trail
Forrestine C. Hooker
Then he got on his high-horse and told me to shut up or he would knock me down.The Mystery at Putnam Hall
Arthur M. Winfield
You wouldn't come off of your high-horse for anything, would you?From the Housetops
George Barr McCutcheon
Hugh was on his high-horse, and full of historic reminiscences.
Word Origin and History for high horse
originally (late 14c.) "fine, tall horse; war horse, charger" (high steed is from c.1300), also, like high hall, "status symbol;" figurative sense of "airs, easily wounded dignity" in mount (one's) high horse "affect airs of superiority" is from 1782 (Addison has to ride the great horse in the same sense, 1716). Cf. French monter sur ses grands chevaux; "The simile is common to most languages" [Farmer].
To be on one's “high horse” is to be disdainful or conceited: “Sally got tired of Peter's snobbery and finally told him to get off his high horse.”
Idioms and Phrases with high horse
see on one's high horse.