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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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 Officers got off their high horse and jailed Waldner, who was also charged with possession of coke, records show. Barbara Hijek, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Whoa! Man accused of slapping police horse's butt before hoofing it away," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of high horse

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of high horse was in 1782

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obstinately defiant of authority

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