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(as) conceited as a barber's cat

Very narcissistic or vain. Don't invite Joe to lunch unless you want to hear him brag about all the important things he's doing in his new job. He's just as conceited as a barber's cat lately.
See also: cat, conceited

*conceited as a barber's cat

Rur. very conceited; vain. (*Also: as ~.) Ever since he won that award, he's been as conceited as a barber's cat.
See also: cat, conceited
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The human race has suffered three fundamental challenges to its anthropocentric conceit.
But in Michael Mann's troubling film about the day America's most famous whistle-blowers lost their nerve--leaving their own insider twisting in the wind--there is a hint that in corporate America a flee press may be more of a conceit than a fact.
The glass forms an ideal printing surface and is used to realize the building's primary artistic conceit.
The piece's dramatic conceit is life as glimpsed by a window washer saddled with the monumental task of cleaning the glass facades of Hong Kong's skyline.
conceptismo or conceptismSpanish conceptismo, a derivative of conceptoconcept, conceit, ingenious expression
Meanwhile, Frank Capra and others made films like Mr Smith Goes to Washington, championing the little guy who bucksthe system-but, Christensen objects, this implied that "only the personnel, not the institutions, needed changing '" Later films like The Candidate and The Seduction of Joe Tynan abandoned the conceit that even one good man could beat the system.
First developed by Petrarch, the conceit became a standard stylistic device in poetry and spread to England in the 16th century.
Spelling admits living together was merely a conceit for the show: In real life, he says, ``After a week, it would've fell through.
The idea of utopia is a conceit beloved of Americans--think of Brook Farm (where Nathaniel Hawthorne did a stint), or Amos Alcott Bronson's Fruitlands.
He also manages to express the conceit, the sinister quality, and the innocence of the various other characters using a variety of different accents.
In economics, the fatal conceit takes the form of government economic planning--the belief that legions of bureaucrats can control a dynamic, ever-changing economy.
Still, it seems like a particularly modern and American conceit to believe that the deepest truths of our humanity and our faith can be found in the sort of personal, psychological details that we are likely to hear confessed on Oprah.
In regarding this chair, you cannot but be reminded of the persistence of the Calvinist spirit that informed Vermeer and de Hooch, that valued lack of conceit and the beauty inherent in modesty and descriptive honesty.
My Bare Lady'' (a brassiere is tastefully slung over its logo) features porn stars competing for the opportunity to go to London and humiliate themselves in the world of legitimate theater, a wickedly sinister conceit that allows viewers to both ogle and laugh at essentially clueless young women.
Cvijanovic's handling of flashe and house paint is competently affectless, and the fanciful nature of his central conceit allows for compelling variations of scale (without the usual points of reference, soda bottles and a roasted chicken become as large as cars, and lines of houses trail off in every direction).