high horse

a haughty attitude or temper; a contemptuous manner.

1375–1425; late Middle English

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high horse definition

To be on one's “high horse” is to be disdainful or conceited: “Sally got tired of Peter's snobbery and finally told him to get off his high horse.”

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high horse

see on one's high horse.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
He did ride a high horse when the fit was on him and he thought it served his
And my toenails would be little pink ocean shells, which they would have to
  stoop down off their high horse to kiss.
Instead, it's decided to get onto a self-defeating moralistic high horse.
Cabin crew should be put down a peg or two and management ought to get off
  their high horse too.
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