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

[Alteration of breeches, pl. of breech.]
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pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) a variant spelling of breeches
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(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]
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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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