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]
See also: proud
References in classic literature ?
I believe she's vain as a peacock now, without anything to be vain of.
You'll just pamper Anne's vanity, Matthew, and she's as vain as a peacock now.
Taug, flattered by the unconcealed admiration in her eyes, strutted about, as proud and as vain as a peacock.