- extravagant in aims, pretensions, etc.
- pretentiously lofty; bombastic: We couldn't endure his high-flown oratory.
Origin of high-flown
First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for high-flown
Best line: “No amount of straining for high-flown uplift can disguise the fact that The Goldfinch is a turkey.”Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
The guy was a state senator from Illinois, not exactly a high-flown position.David Remnick's 'Bridge' to Obama: Full Transcript
The Daily Beast Video
April 10, 2010
He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'Cratylus
He returned a high-flown phrase of thanks in a bitter, absent whisper.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Also, that whenever he killed a calf he made a high-flown speech over it.Is Shakespeare Dead?
For the next two days Carrie indulged in the most high-flown speculations.Sister Carrie
These high-flown lectures and discussions have filled all their heads with nonsense.The Daughters of Danaus
- extravagant or pretentious in conception or intentionhigh-flown ideas
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