high horse


: an arrogant and unyielding mood or attitude

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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Word History

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high horse was in 1782

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“High horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20horse. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

high horse

: an arrogant and stubborn mood or attitude
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