Definition of on one's high horse in English:

on one's high horse

phrase

informal
  • Behaving in an arrogant or pompous manner:

    ‘hell, boy, get down off your high horse’
    • ‘Before anyone gets back on their high horse, I have not missed a Sunday for church in something like nine years unless it is for weather, family emergency, or I am travelling.’
    • ‘Granted, you can be quirky and annoying when you get on your high horse about something, but at least you care.’
    • ‘I just hope that the Minister, instead of getting on her high horse when I talked about the Food Safety Authority and the threat that it represents to a lot of dairy suppliers, will take those concerns more seriously.’
    • ‘Before you start saying this is just a non-smoker getting on his high horse, let me explain.’
    • ‘It's all very fine the FA getting on their high horse about streaming of live matches, but if a match is sold out and it's only being shown live in Spain, for example, how else is a fan expected to see it?’
    • ‘I think you'd have to be a bit of an asshole to get on your high horse and say ‘no we don't wanna play any of the old stuff’ and only play songs off the new record.’
    • ‘Don't get on your high horse Nellie - you know as well as I do that this marriage is a marriage in name only.’
    • ‘I think one has to be very careful before getting on one's high horse and saying either that big schools present problems, or little schools are the only way to go.’
    • ‘So maybe the FA should get their own house in order before climbing on their high horse.’
    • ‘Let me explain before you get on your high horse.’
    proud, vain, arrogant, conceited, snobbish, stuck-up, pompous, self-important, superior, egotistical, supercilious, condescending, lofty, patronizing, smug, scornful, contemptuous, disdainful, overweening, overbearing, imperious, lordly, cavalier, high-handed, full of oneself, above oneself
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