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(See also POMPOSITY.)
bridle To tuck in the chin and throw the head back as in vanity or scorn; to put on an air of disdain or offense; sometimes bridle up or back. The allusion is to the upward movement of a horse’s head when the reins are abruptly pulled. In use since 1480, the term appeared in Henry Fielding’s Amelia (1751):
“Is she,” said my aunt, bridling herself, “fit to decide between us?”
high-hat To act in an aloof, snobbish, or condescending manner.
Denver’s dignity was mistaken by some for “high-hatting.” (Noel Coward, Australia Revisited, 1941)
This expression, alluding to the tall headgear formerly worn by the wealthy, usually refers to a manner of behavior, although it is also often used as a moniker for a pompous or pretentious person.
look down one’s nose To regard in a condescending manner; to view with disdain or disgust. A person who literally looks down his nose bears a countenance of disapproval or arrogance. The expression carries a strong suggestion of snobbery or haughtiness.
It is getting more difficult for a lawyer to look down his nose at the courtroom, with consequent impairment of the prestige of the courts. (Baltimore Sun, October, 1932)
on one’s high horse With one’s nose in the air; pretentious, arrogant, affected; also to ride or mount the high horse, to get down off one’s high horse, and other variants. In royal pageants of former times persons of high rank rode on tall horses, literally above the common people. Use of the expression dates from the late 18th century.
Only his mother felt that Mayo was not a rude boy, but his father frequently asked Mayo to get down off his high horse and act like everybody else. (William Saroyan, Assyrian & Other Stories, 1950)
toffee-nosed Stuck-up, with one’s nose in the air, conceited, pretentious, stuffy. Although the origin of this British slang term is not certain, it may be related to the stickiness of the candy.
|Noun||1.||haughtiness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors|
condescension, disdainfulness, superciliousness - the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
contemptuousness - the manifestation of scorn and contempt; "every subordinate sensed his contemptuousness and hated him in return"
hubris - overbearing pride or presumption
superiority - displaying a sense of being better than others; "he hated the white man's superiority and condescension"