One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer to someone's behaving in an arrogant or pompous manner.‘get down off 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 oneselfView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So maybe the FA should get their own house in order before climbing on their 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Don't get on your high horse Nellie - you know as well as I do that this marriage is a marriage in name only.’
- ‘Let me explain before you get on your high horse.’
- ‘Granted, you can be quirky and annoying when you get on your high horse about something, but at least you care.’
- ‘Before you start saying this is just a non-smoker getting on his high horse, let me explain.’
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