One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
conceited, full of oneself, cocky, boastful, arrogant, cocksure, above oneself, self-important, immodest, swaggering, struttingView synonyms
- ‘I think that room is appearing again for the little man and people want to say to the big guys that they're getting too big for their boots.’
- ‘They long ago became just too big for their boots.’
- ‘If you've got wealth, privilege or exalted connections crowned with success, then in this country you are judged way too big for your boots and in need of an urgent reality check.’
- ‘He's been getting far too big for his boots recently.’
- ‘‘He told me never to be too big for your boots and always be friendly to everyone,’ she said.’
- ‘Basically, they think you're too big for your boots and want you cut down to size.’
- ‘After his eldest boy's graduation ceremony he said: ‘Don't get too big for your boots, son.’’
- ‘I don't know how I'm going to get paid, but I'd rather go out into the brave new world than live with dinosaurs that are far too big for their boots.’
- ‘She has no airs and graces and will put you in check if she thinks you're being too big for your boots - she's done it to me before.’
- ‘There are plenty of applicants to fill the space left by a boy band who got too big for their boots.’
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