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.
Recent Examples on the Web Visible displays of sustainability — and the moralistic high horse that comes with them — has become yet a status symbol. Sydney Clarke, refinery29.com, 22 Apr. 2021 LeBron James is living on a high horse in a multimillion dollar house, living near nothing but White people. Fox News Staff, Fox News, 22 Apr. 2021 Trying to climb on any high horse would only be embarrassing at best, and at the very least hypocritical. Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, 5 Jan. 2021 There’s a reason Scott doesn’t travel anywhere by high horse. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 18 July 2020 Just emphasize your concern and leave the high horse at home. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, 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, 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, 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, 19 Aug. 2019

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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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18 May 2021

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“High horse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20horse. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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