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give (oneself) airs

To think or behave as though one is superior to others or better than one really is; to have or assume a pretentious or self-aggrandizing attitude. I think John is really a decent fellow at heart, but I really wish he wouldn't give himself such airs about his writing abilities. Stop giving yourself airs, Mary, you're not some world-class actor—you're just an amateur like the rest of us!
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While we have to recognise the possibility that these correspondents were simply admirers giving themselves airs, he is almost certainly the only horse in history able to boast an "East Anglian chapter" to his fan club.