high horse


Definition of high horse

: an arrogant and unyielding mood or attitude

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Examples of high horse in a Sentence

I won't deal with you until you get off your high horse and stop patronizing me.

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Emmert might as well dismount from the high horse, hand in his sheriff’s badge and enter the transfer portal to irrelevance. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "As the NCAA readies its case, Arizona should brace for the worst (just ask USC)," 13 June 2019 But also that people don’t want to get off their high horses and talk about practical stuff. Anand Giridharadas / London, Time, "'I'm the Sort of Trumpian Anti-Trump.' The Unconventional Lawmaker Trying to Upend the Race for U.K. Prime Minister," 10 June 2019 Warner Bros/Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Hello from atop my high horse. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Someone Tell Me Why 'Paddington 2' Wasn't Nominated for a Golden Globe?," 6 Dec. 2018 If not for the 0.8% promise made by an Italian government that has been voted out of power by the Italians themselves, the EU is normally entitled to get on a high horse only when a member’s deficit reaches 3%. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Eurozone’s 19th Nervous Breakdown," 9 Nov. 2018 But my stepfather said, 'Don't get on your high horse. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Why Sally Field Hated Being in The Flying Nun," 20 July 2017 Then Sessions really got on his high horse: So here’s my message to Mayor Schaaf: How dare you. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Jerry Brown and Jeff Sessions Exchange Fiery Words Over Immigration," 7 Mar. 2018 Follow Jesus on Christmas and climb down off your moral high horse. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, NOLA.com, "Archbishop Gregory Aymond asks for 'peace' in Christmas message," 25 Dec. 2017 Before Democrats climb too far up on their high horse though, there is more than enough hypocrisy to go around. Michael Tanner, National Review, "Aren’t Republicans Supposed to Care about the Deficit?," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of high horse

1782, in the meaning defined above

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