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above (oneself)

1. Conceited and arrogant; haughty or self-important. Usually used after the verbs "be" or "get." Primarily heard in UK. Self-confidence is essential, but you have to learn not to get above yourself when things are going well. You're certainly acting above yourself these days. The rest of us have opinions worth hearing, too, you know! Thankfully, Bill hasn't gotten above himself since earning his PhD—he's still the same humble guy he's always been.
2. Above one's own concerns, desires, motivations, or agenda. Usually used after the verb "put." She's a great leader, always putting the needs of her team above herself. I'm glad they're taking a vacation, just the two of them. They always put their kids above themselves and deserve a break. In the event that the plane loses altitude, do not put your child's needs above your own—put your oxygen mask on first.
3. Into a higher social class or standing than one's own. Usually used after the verb "marry." A: "I hear that the local fishmonger's daughter is betrothed to a rich foreign lawyer!" B: "My word, she's certainly marrying above herself, isn't she?" For all the talk that social classes have been wiped away in recent years, you will still find people who believe one can't or shouldn't marry above oneself. Of course she married above herself for the money—her husband is 25 years older than her!
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above (doing) something

[of someone] too mature or honorable to do something. I thought you were above doing something so thoughtless.

above someone or something

to be in a position that is higher than someone or something. The plane is now directly above us.

above someone

at a higher rank than someone else; serving as someone's supervisor. Ron is above Ginney, but he treats her like an equal.

marry above oneself

Fig. to marry someone in a higher social class than oneself. They say she married above herself, but who cares? Scott thought it would not be possible to marry above himself.
See also: above, marry
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

above yourself

conceited; arrogant.
1999 Frank McCourt 'Tis Many a man made his way in America by the sweat of his brow and his strong back and it's a good thing to learn your station in life and not be getting above yourself.
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/beyond reproach
So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.
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Casaubon's religious elevation above herself as she did at his intellect and learning.
"Overall, Meghan is rapidly developing a very elegant, gracious style of deportment and gesticulation but this 'baby wave' that mimics a child's way of waving shyly lets us know she's not getting above herself and is still friendly and approachable in a way that senior royals might not seem to be," James explained.
"She was a very loving, wonderful person who cared about other people and would always put them above herself.
Yet, in the midst of the profound pain she feels today, and perhaps will feel for a long time to come, she rose above herself and participated directly and genuinely in the historic transfer of political power from Obama to Trump-a democratic tradition that has cut across two centuries and almost three decades of American governance, from the first president, George Washington, in 1789, to the 45th American president, Donald Trump, in 2017.
Johnston's Miss Infinity ran above herself in the Rockfel yesterday and Montataire will be hard to peg back if conditions are similar to the past couple of days.
The real Harry seems quite grown up now while the Duchess of Cambridge surely will never get above herself, even as the wife and mother of future heirs.
Mango Diva brings a good level of form into the race, while Peace Burg may have run above herself when third in The Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
She's a former nurse who has remarried above herself in both age and wealth thanks to helping Vladimir (Andrey Smirnov).
She had a strong love of her country and church while she lived the Golden Rule to always help others above herself.
She apparently got above herself, coming back according to my mother 'all Black Magic and Woodbine tipped'.
Shareta ran well above herself considering she was thought to be just a pacemaker for Sarafina, while Ed Dunlop was thrilled with Snow Fairy, who has returned to her brilliant three-year-old form.
As ever, Jane is a woman of low social standing offered the prize of marrying way above herself.
She's not an easy person to get to know and I've always found her a bit above herself. I think she looks down on me as she has a high-flying job and I've worked part-time in a local shop since our children were born.
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