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high and mighty

noun
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).
adverb
2.
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.
Origin of high and mighty
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English: title of dignity

high-and-mighty

[hahy-uh n-mahy-tee, -uh nd-] /ˈhaɪ ənˈmaɪ ti, -ənd-/
adjective
1.
haughty; arrogant.
Related forms
high-and-mightiness, noun
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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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