proud as a peacock


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*proud as a peacock

 and *vain as a peacock
overly proud; vain. (*Also: as ~.) Mike's been strutting around proud as a peacock since he won that award. I sometimes think Elizabeth must spend all day admiring herself in a mirror. She's as vain as a peacock.
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proud as a peacock

Having a very high opinion of oneself, filled with or showing excessive self-esteem. For example, She strutted about in her new outfit, proud as a peacock. This simile alludes to the male peacock, with its colorful tail that can be expanded like a fan, which has long symbolized vanity and pride. Chaucer used it in The Reeve's Tail: "As any peacock he was proud and gay." [1200s]
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References in classic literature ?
Tonga thought he had done something very clever in killing him, for when I came up by the rope I found him strutting about as proud as a peacock.
In response to the questions his grandson asks, a granddad talks about how, as a very young man, he was as proud as a peacock in uniform, busy as a beaver on his Atlantic crossing and brave as a lion as he charged into battle.
Leah Hunt's as proud as a peacock yesterday; Maria Walsh and racecourse hat; Noreen Lydon
NBC is proud as a peacock, taking top honors with 20 Emmys