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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.
Related forms
high-and-mightiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for high-and-mighty
Historical Examples
  • And now you try to pull your high-and-mighty airs on me, just because Charlie and I are in love and ain't married yet.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • I don't care, as long as they'll keep the high-and-mighty Errington in his place.

    Thelma Marie Corelli
  • She gives me the hot creeps with her condescending, high-and-mighty ways.

    The New Mistress George Manville Fenn
  • Is an Ambassador's daughter supposed to be a high-and-mighty lady like this?

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • Mark you, Mr. high-and-mighty, we owe you one grudge already.

    The Crime Club William Holt-White
  • The high-and-mighty airs some of you people take on are simply outrageous.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • Just played with the Bunch, and called down Clarence Drum about being such a high-and-mighty sodger.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • "Sally's a sort of high-and-mighty girl," continued Miss Lambkin tentatively.

    Concerning Sally William John Hopkins
  • His nose was of the high-and-mighty order that comes under the denomination of aquiline, or hooked, as may suit you best.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • And so he'd been hauled over the coals again on account of that high-and-mighty daughter of Tony's, had he?

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
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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