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or hi·fa·lu·tin  (hī′fə-lo͞ot′n) also high·fa·lu·ting (-lo͞ot′n, -lo͞o′tĭng)
adj. Informal
Pompous or pretentious: "highfalutin reasons for denying direct federal assistance to the unemployed" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

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Adj.1.highfaluting - affectedly genteel
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
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or hifalutin
also highfaluting
Informal. Characterized by an exaggerated show of dignity or self-importance:
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Election victory is not about eloquence or highfaluting theories from a Harvard classroom.
This particular adaptation brings out the bawdy, raucous nature of many scenes, and all of us commented on this during the panel--Shakespeare should not be considered a fuddy-duddy, highfaluting classic; his plays were written to entertain the low-ranking commoners of his time.
And no one would expect that becoming an RBT would give them the skills for being a dental assistant; but then getting a BA in the most highfaluting, humanistic, liberal arts college wouldn't get them a job as a dental assistant either, at least I hope not with my dentist.
I, as a human being, am sitting with this other human being and, you know, we're in it together and erm, and it's an exploration and I'm not erm I'm not imposing my highfaluting erm psychological ideas on them.
Volkswagen offers minibus versions of the Transporter without the plush cabin and adaptable seating system and those vehicles act as the bridge between the highfaluting Caravelle and its more workmanlike relative.
Before the UNI interview, Modi spoke to CNN and Time magazine where he made similar highfaluting statements, which became talking heads.
Rizal described the bishop's words as "sencilla, clara, sentida, y venia del Corazon," not oratorical, flowery, or highfaluting. Those who listened were deeply moved, Rizal observed.
Highfaluting talk of forecasts and figures defeated him.
A truly laughable matter when diplomas/certificates, including highfaluting masters and doctoral degrees, from most of these carny institutions are only worth the paper in which they are written.
(5) The piece opens with a highfaluting invocation of the nymphs that dwell in the (non-existent) high mountains of Fife, and then sketches an idyllic pastoral vision of a peaceful region, with much colourful local description--the farms of Crail, the Anstruther fishermen, merchant ships.