from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To treat in a condescending or supercilious manner.
  • adjective Snobbish; haughty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective disdainful; haughty
  • noun slang A person claiming to be superior.
  • verb transitive To snub or treat condescendingly.


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  • Leyda praised the wit and artistry of Alberto Cavalcanti's "Yellow Caesar" 1941, a satire mocking Mussolini, writing: "Maximum advantage is taken of a casual spitting or clearing of the throat, caught by Cavalcanti in his careful combing of British newsreel archives, or of the variety of costume Mussolini enjoyed—from diplomatic high-hat to a momentary affectation of peasant garb for the treacherous camera's sake."

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  • If I go to the store specializing in mystery or crime, I get the high-hat.

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  • Over the monitors, the incessant sizzle of drummer Jason Nazary's high-hat hung in the air as bassist Adam Lane entered with a strident but off-kilter rhythm that seemed to stumble over Mr. Nazary's stuttering stick-work.

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  • He plays his high-hat cymbal not with a coat hanger, as was the tradition before he changed it, but with a flathead screwdriver, since he likes the way it sounds: “like the swoop-splash of a rock hitting a lake.”


  • It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high-hat and tuxedo ....

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  • Not hitting the high-hat cross armed is a little wierd.


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  • No, "Shaft" has every hallmark of a Hayes classic, from that high-hat and wah-wah guitar, to the sweeping orchestral arrangement.

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