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’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Don't get on your high horse Nellie - you know as well as I do that this marriage is a marriage in name only.’
    • ‘So maybe the FA should get their own house in order before climbing on their high horse.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Let me explain before you get on your high horse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before you start saying this is just a non-smoker getting on his high horse, let me explain.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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