from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A mood or attitude of stubborn arrogance or contempt: Get down off your high horse and apologize.
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- n. An appearance or sense of smug superiority.
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- n. an attitude of arrogant superiority
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Given the tone of Charles’s last words, Nicholas would have to be witless to do anything other than climb down off his high horse and retreat.
He'd been a wild, agin-the-government fellow in Afghanistan, but authority had put him on his dignity, and he rode a pretty high horse as Agent — once, for a lark, I called him "major", and he didn't even blink; ah, well, thinks I, there's none so prim as a Scotsman up in the world.