Definition of above oneself in English:

above oneself

phrase

  • Conceited; arrogant:

    ‘he's getting a bit above himself’
    • ‘I got stick from the kids in my street because I was getting above myself and my stepmother used to fan the flames of that. ‘Get your nose out of that book and do something useful,’ was a common phrase where I lived.’’
    • ‘But my Mum, probably because of her mother's treatment of her, was very, very frightened of our getting above ourselves.’
    • ‘‘I'm not at all up on fashion,’ he says quickly, as if he doesn't want people to think he has got above himself.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, these places have got above themselves and imagine that they can get away with charging a fiver, not including the extremely tiny cup of tea or coffee, that costs £1.10.’
    • ‘Well, I think we've gotten above ourselves in recent years, and it's about time someone brought us down a peg.’
    • ‘These were, after all, the descendants of people who had learned bitter lessons about the dangers of ‘getting above yourself.’’
    • ‘It was as if he was always wary of getting above himself, of giving himself airs and graces, a peculiarly Scottish trait.’
    • ‘She's strikingly genuine and not above herself at all - even though she spends most of her days interviewing celebrities, and has just starred in a Hollywood movie that's set to be a box office hit.’
    • ‘In my case, they thought I was getting above myself.’
    • ‘But equally, he is careful to ensure that nobody gets above themselves and that ‘everyone works for the team.’’
    conceited, proud, arrogant, self-important, haughty, disdainful, snobbish, snobby, supercilious, imperious
    stuck-up, cocky, high and mighty, snooty, uppity, uppish, big-headed, swollen-headed, too big for one's boots
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