put on airs


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put on airs

 and give oneself airs
Fig. to act better than one really is; to pretend to be good or to be superior. Pay no attention to her. She is just putting on airs. Stop giving yourself airs and act like the rest of us.
See also: air, on, put

put on airs

Assume a haughty manner, pretend to be better than one is, as in I'm sick of Claire and the way she puts on airs. Airs here means "a manner of superiority." [c. 1700]
See also: air, on, put
References in classic literature ?
Right enough," replied the sailor who had resented Snipes' autocratic tones; "but it ain't a-goin' to get nobody nothin' to put on airs in this bloomin' company neither.
Finally, Charlie Sloane fought Moody Spurgeon MacPherson, because Moody Spurgeon had said that Anne Shirley put on airs about her recitations, and Moody Spurgeon was "licked"; consequently Moody Spurgeon's sister, Ella May, would not "speak" to Anne Shirley all the rest of the winter.
They were more primitive and simple, and they did not put on airs.
They began to put on airs, and talk about the "niggers" taking the country, saying we all ought to be killed; and, being encouraged by the journey- men, they commenced making my condition as hard as they could, by hectoring me around, and sometimes striking me.