high and mighty
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OTHER WORDS FROM high-and-mightyhigh-and-might·i·ness, noun
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What does high and mighty mean?
The word mighty means strong, powerful, or of great importance.
When someone acts as if they are superior or in charge, they can be said to be acting high and mighty. This is especially the case when they’re not actually superior or in charge.
High and mighty can also be used as an adjective, in which case it’s often hyphenated (high-and-mighty), as in Take your high-and-mighty attitude elsewhere—we work as a team here.
The phrase can also be used as a collective noun to refer to people who are considered powerful, as in The high and mighty take too much and give too little. The word mighty can be used in the same way, as in The rich and mighty hold all the power.
Example: Don’t get all high and mighty with me—I’m the one who trained you.
Where does high and mighty come from?
The first records of the phrase high and mighty come from around 1400.
Originally, being called high and mighty was a good thing—it was a title given to high-born rulers. By the 1600s, though, it came to be used to describe those who acted as if they were superior to those around them, as if they were royalty and everyone else was peasants. This is still how high and mighty is used today.
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- high-and-mighty (hyphenated adjective)
- high and mightiness (noun)
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How is high and mighty used in real life?
High and mighty is almost always used in a negative way.
Y’all better stop acting all high and mighty!!!
— elexus jionde (@Lexual__) December 1, 2020
I don't understand why you'd befriend someone younger than you and not respect them. Don't befriend them if you want to act so high and mighty.
— Yuno (@Ummaty_) December 20, 2020
some of y’all rlly out here acting all high and mighty then not sticking to what you preach lmfao. hypocrisy at its ~finest~, but you do you 🐸🍵
— spoingus (@edm_spoingus) September 16, 2020
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How to use high and mighty in a sentence
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Honour the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him.
The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.
The Majesty on high has a colony and a people on earth, which otherwise is under the supremacy of the Evil One.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
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As Spain, however, has fallen from the high place she once held, her colonial system has also gone down.
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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.