airs and graces

airs and graces

A pretentious manner. She's always putting on airs and graces because she wants to impress other people. There's no need to put on airs and graces with me. I knew you long before you ever became successful.
See also: air, and, grace

airs and graces

BRITISH
If someone has airs and graces, they behave in a way which shows that they think they are better or more important than other people. I have never liked him — and his daughter is so full of airs and graces. Ian is such a nice bloke. He has no airs and graces. Note: You can also say that someone puts on airs and graces. In Liverpool I can still be myself, I don't have to put on any airs and graces here.
See also: air, and, grace
References in classic literature ?
Her little airs and graces were much admired, so were her accomplishments, for besides her drawing, she could play twelve tunes, crochet, and read French without mispronouncing more than two-thirds of the words.
and Sambo gave a ludicrous imitation of Adolph's manner; "here's de airs and graces.
So he entertained Wilson with some airs and graces and attitudes for a while, then stepped out of sight and resumed the other disguise, and by and by went down and out the back way and started downtown to reconnoiter the scene of his intended labors.
If airs and graces make an actress, ma'am, Magdalen's performance will astonish us all.
He had, moreover, the great merit of not repeating his personal bons mots and of never speaking of his love-affairs, though his smiles and his airs and graces were delightfully indiscreet.
He, on his part, was full of airs and graces and geniality.
The artist prefers a hilly country because it is picturesque; the engineer a flat one because it is convenient; the man of pleasure likes what he calls "a fine woman"--she suits him; the fashionable young gentleman admires the fashionable young lady--she is of his kind; the toil-worn, fagged, probably irritable tutor, blind almost to beauty, insensible to airs and graces, glories chiefly in certain mental qualities: application, love of knowledge, natural capacity, docility, truthfulness, gratefulness, are the charms that attract his notice and win his regard.
She settled her head on the pillow several times, to show her little airs and graces, and struck up her usual whiney sing-song before slumber.
Then, the whole collection of blacks, naturally as imitative as monkeys, at once reproduced all his airs and graces, his leaps and shakes and contortions; they did not lose a single gesticulation; they did not forget an attitude; and the result was, such a pandemonium of movement, noise, and excitement, as it would be out of the question even feebly to describe.
I can see through all your airs and graces, I see your game
I began to read them out again in due time, clothed with the literary airs and graces that I admired in it, and for a long time I imitated Ik Marvel in the voluminous letters I wrote my friend in compliance with his Shakespearean prayer: