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high horse

a haughty attitude or temper; a contemptuous manner.
Origin of high horse
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Swift crowd will get off their high horse soon, or I'm mistaken.

  • You're all alike, when you climb on some sort of a high horse and become mysterious.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • But with you it's different, and she's on her dignity—riding her high horse.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • I said that because she is always fond of riding a high horse.

  • He dismounted from his high horse, and the orphans got their own again.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson
  • If he rides the high horse with you, just you ask him what he had to say to Potiphar's wife!

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • First it's Mr. Peth, and now the captain's on his high horse.

    Isle o' Dreams Frederick F. Moore
  • Dont get on your high horse, young man; it will be better for you if you refrain.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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high horse in Culture

high horse definition

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.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for high horse
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with high horse

high horse

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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