Best line: “No amount of straining for high-flown uplift can disguise the fact that The Goldfinch is a turkey.”
The guy was a state senator from Illinois, not exactly a high-flown position.
In speaking, simplicity and brevity take the place of the high-flown and artificial refinements of the modern grammarian.
He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'
The papyri of this period are full of the high-flown titles and affected phraseology which was so beloved of Byzantine scribes.
Also, that whenever he killed a calf he made a high-flown speech over it.
Heaven knows why I was fool enough to marry her, except that I had high-flown ideas of honour in those days, and I got drawn in.
These high-flown lectures and discussions have filled all their heads with nonsense.
Dr Maurice was a man who had always held himself to be invincible to romantic or high-flown feelings.
Lady Lufton, with all her high-flown ideas, was not an imprudent woman.