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- adj. inflated, as with conceit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inflated, as with conceit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inflated; puffed up.
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I suspect that Pierre Trudeau's contempt for nationalism, may have stemmed from reading Toynbee, some of whose high-blown contributions to the London Observer I edited with delight in the 1970s.
They show that, for all the high-blown rhetoric on both sides, Labour's plan was for a 2.2% average annual cut to government departmental spending over the course of this parliament.
The two charlatans — Rolfe, with his hauteur, baroque literary skill and priestly pretensions, and Backhouse, with his cool cunning, linguistic talent and high-blown pipe-dreams — had much in common, but nothing so important as that each found his perfect chronicler.
Normally, it's hard to stomach these high-blown anthems of self-celebration, but "That's What Life Is All About," more than "My Way," is reflective and inwardly probing, even self-deprecating and, for once, not merely a victory lap set to music.
Obama's policies, despite the high-blown rhetoric, are as morally bankrupt as those of his predecessor.
(Insert high-blown "for the kids 'sakes" rhetoric here.)
Maybe he used the term "shuck and jive" which connotes a lying, obsequiousness, when what he was really trying to do was point out how uppity Obama was being in his high-blown speechifying.
The opening paragraphs are redolent of the kind of high-blown rhetoric that is still evident in the paper's polemic forty years on:
And it became a feature of high-blown rhetorical style: Many would agree with me....
Part of it was conscious and pragmatic: "He knows he can't get away with that high-blown, flowery Kennedy stuff," says a political adviser.