Congratulate oneself, boast, as in He plumed himself on his victory. This idiom transfers the bird's habit of dressing its feathers to human self-satisfaction. [First half of 1600s]
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The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For one month in 2013, a British street artist known by the nom de plume of Banksy hypnotized the city of New York.Catch Him If You Can: Reliving Banksy’s New York Invasion|Alex Suskind|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps there is something too painful about throwing oneself too deep into what went wrong.
When one plays life that way, one in a way awakes creative vital energies in oneself that otherwise are not available.
How many details are needed, after all, before one can say to oneself, “This is what I have lost?”
It mounted straight as a plume for a little way, until it met the cool air of evening which was beginning to fall.
Each tiny tree was a plume of leaves; the rows stretched out to the hilltop, and over.
The habit of refreshing oneself with a pipe on some elevated spot which commands a fine view, is common to both sexes.
To suddenly discover oneself proficient where failure had been feared increases self esteem and adds to the sum of happiness.
The sun-kissed flowers plume the day with colour, and fling incense to the winds.Charles Baudelaire, His Life|Thophile Gautier