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proud below the navel

outdated Having an erect penis. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I think that Sir Edgar grows proud below the navel every time he sees you, dear sister." B: "Oh, hush! Someone from the garden might hear us!"
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do (someone or oneself) proud

1. To do something well and feel pride as a result. You really directed a fantastic play, Janet—you've done yourself proud! I know that math is a tough subject for you, so you really did me proud by getting an A- this semester.
2. To be very conscientious when hosting someone. Oh, I had a wonderful stay at Anna's house—she was a very attentive host and really did me proud.
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do oneself proud

to have done a very fine job. That's super! You've done yourself proud! I feel like I've done myself proud by earning high honors.
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do someone proud

to make someone proud. Bill's kids sure did him proud at the boat race. Mary resolved she would do her friends proud.
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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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do someone proud

1. Also, do credit to someone. Be a source of honor, distinction, or pride. For example, She did us proud, handling the problem with such aplomb, or Your new title does you credit. [Early 1800s]
2. Treat someone or oneself generously or extravagantly, as in You really did us proud with that banquet. [Early 1800s]
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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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do someone proud

1 act in a way that gives someone cause to feel pleased or satisfied. 2 treat someone with lavish generosity or honour. informal
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do somebody ˈproud

(old-fashioned, British English) look after a guest very well, especially by giving them good food, entertainment, etc: We spent the holidays with them and they really did us proud.
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do yourself/somebody ˈproud

do something that makes you proud of yourself or that makes other people proud of you: The team did us proud by winning 3-0 on Saturday.
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do (one) proud

To act or perform in a way that gives cause for pride.
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Mary "fee and John Chinn, two 1970 attendees, observed "'what seems to us Americans to be an over-abundance of propaganda" on the program, attributing it to "the nationalism of the people and the proudness [sic] they feel as members of the Republic of China.
Board of Education, songs, poems, stories and brilliant illustrations aim to educate youngsters about a few of the significant people and moments that display the proudness and determination that is characteristics of the black experience in America.
For the first three years after that I used to cringe every time I saw it, but now when I look at that I have a feeling of proudness because you kinda were that crap at one stage, and with enough determination and hard work and luck look at what you can achieve.
31 (SUNA) - President of the Republic, Field Marshal Omer Al- Bashir, has asserted the proudness of all the Sudanese people over the independence that was achieved by a national independent will, renewing the commitment to seriously and sincerely work for the building of the homeland, preserve the dignity of its people, and protect the identity of the nation that sticking to the geniuine values and the noble principles.
His Majesty praised BTV programmes which reflected the depth of the Bahraini people's delight and proudness on this occasion.
The feeling of proudness in Shahnameh is reluted to nonmaterial victories as well as material victories and because of this it has been meaning ful and alive even in our period (Ibid, 175).
You are a very special man, the one that we call Dad, your stubbornness and proudness drove us mad.