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too big for (one's) britches
Overconfident; cocky.

[Alteration of breeches, pl. of breech.]


pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) a variant spelling of breeches


(ˈbrɪtʃ ɪz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. knee-length trousers, often with buckles or decoration at the bottoms, worn by men in the 17th to early 19th centuries.
3. Informal. trousers.
too big for one's breeches, more insolent and conceited than is warranted by one's position or abilities.
[1125–75; Middle English, pl. of breech]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.britches - informal term for breechesbritches - informal term for breeches    
breeches, knee breeches, knee pants, knickerbockers, knickers - trousers ending above the knee
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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But this time, as we say in Tennessee and Texas, you've ripped your britches.
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Like a voice from the past He brought memories back Of wet cobbled streets All shiny and black A patch on my britches No boots on my feet And an armful of papers To sell down our street The clang of the tramcars Down on the road Clip, clop of the carthorses Pulling their load A man with a long pole Lights the street lamp You almost can smell The fog and the damp Someone selling firewood It's wet but who'll buy "Put it in the oven luv.
It's a little bit of the New World brought back to the old - New York's strangely old-fashioned hipster scene, of beards, britches and braces paired off with the real thing at Narrow Water.
Given its light weight, this s is a knife for those who like to carry a handful of self-protection without dragging their britches down or sticking out like a sore thumb.
Such as: A thief who stole a calendar got 12 months; the batteries were given out free of charge; a dentist and a manicurist divorced - they fought tooth and nail; a will is a dead giveaway; with her marriage, she got a new name and a dress; a boiled egg is hard to beat; police were called to a day care centre where a threeyear-old was resisting a rest; when a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds; he had a photographic memory, which was never developed; when she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye; acupuncture is a jab well done; and those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
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I've seen many a poor bairn going to school, with patches sown on their britches.
They're a curse and damnation, the size of colinary dishes, They transcend the kneecaps to the bottom of his britches.