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[hahy-uh n-mahy-tee, -uh nd-]
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  1. haughty; arrogant.
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Related formshigh-and-might·i·ness, noun

high and mighty

  1. (used with a plural verb) persons who are members of or identify with the higher social strata of society, especially those who are powerful or arrogant (usually preceded by the).
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  1. 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

1150–1200; Middle English: title of dignity
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Historical Examples

  • I'll yet see that high-and-mighty Cooper swinging from a tree.


    Robert Shea

  • They could drop her as easily as they had picked her up, these high-and-mighty Melroses!

    The Beloved Woman

    Kathleen Norris

  • Mark you, Mr. High-and-Mighty, we owe you one grudge already.

    The Crime Club

    William Holt-White

  • She gives me the hot creeps with her condescending, high-and-mighty ways.

    The New Mistress

    George Manville Fenn

  • I don't care, as long as they'll keep the high-and-mighty Errington in his place.


    Marie Corelli

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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