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high and mighty

(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).
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; Middle English: title of dignity


[hahy-uh n-mahy-tee, -uh nd-] /ˈhaɪ ənˈmaɪ ti, -ənd-/
haughty; arrogant.
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high-and-mightiness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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 entertainment.
  • The time has gone when parties can live on their past, no matter how high and mighty it was.
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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.
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