a scholar and a gentleman

a scholar and a gentleman

proverb Someone (usually a male, due to the gender implication of "gentleman") who is admirable or of high esteem. Although used sincerely as a compliment, it is generally bombastic and lighthearted in nature. Thank you for helping me move into the new house, you are truly a scholar and a gentleman. Mom, Grandpa just looked at my report card and called me "a scholar and a gentleman"—is that a good thing?
See also: and, gentleman, scholar
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