high and mighty

in a self-important, grandiose, or arrogant manner: They talk high and mighty, but they owe everyone in town.
persons who are members of or identify with the higher social strata of society, especially those who are powerful or arrogant.

1150–1200; Middle English: title of dignity

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[hahy-uhn-mahy-tee, -uhnd-]
haughty; arrogant.

high-and-mightiness, noun
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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
No sense getting high and mighty when you have made yourself a dependent.
The visits of these high and mighty types are useful for recognition of
  something important happening on the ground.
His biggest mistake was getting found out, giving people the chance to get all
  high and mighty about it.
Scandal among the high and mighty is one of our preferred forms of
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