high and mighty


noun

(used with a plural verb)Usually the high and mighty . persons who are members of or identify with the higher social strata of society, especially those who are powerful or arrogant.

adverb

in a self-important, grandiose, or arrogant manner: They talk high and mighty, but they owe everyone in town.Now don't go getting all high and mighty on me.

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Origin of high and mighty

First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English: originally a title of dignity

Definition for high and mighty (2 of 2)

high-and-mighty
[ hahy-uhn-mahy-tee, -uhnd- ]
/ ˈhaɪ ənˈmaɪ ti, -ənd- /

adjective

haughty; arrogant.

OTHER WORDS FROM high-and-mighty

high-and-might·i·ness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with high and mighty

high and mighty

Conceited, haughty, as in She was too high and mighty to make her own bed. This expression originally alluded to high-born rulers and was being transferred to the merely arrogant by the mid-1600s.

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