high horse

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Just emphasize your concern and leave the high horse at home. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "How To Convince Your Boyfriend* To Wear A Mask," 22 May 2020 Players around Major League Baseball have mounted their high horses to belittle the Astros and commissioner Rob Manfred, who hasn’t punished those players in any way. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Astros’ steamy climate needs a cooling trend," 19 Feb. 2020 The vandals apparently felt the 32-foot-high horse of a different color ought to be at least partially orange. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Vandals mar DIA’s “Blucifer” sculpture with orange graffiti," 6 Sep. 2019 This isn’t a social-justice high horse, Lindsay and others insist, just an attempt to point out the obliviousness and privilege that allowed someone to green-light this campaign without stopping to think about the context. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "Legalized Sea Foods: New England-based chain launches marijuana-themed marketing campaign," 19 Aug. 2019 Churchill Downs, however, has a higher horse mortality rate than Santa Anita. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Breeders’ Cup board agrees to keep this year’s event at Santa Anita," 27 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of high horse

1782, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2020

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“High horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20horse. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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