One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That has risen too high, especially of dough, bread, etc.; (figurative) overweening, despotic. Also of a ship: floating too high in the water, so as to become unstable.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Nathaniel Ward (1578–1652), clergyman and compiler of a law code for Massachusetts. From over- + risen, past participle of rise; compare risen.
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