above (oneself)

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above (oneself)

In a conceited manner. Primarily heard in UK. Geez, you're acting above yourself these days—the rest of us have opinions worth hearing, too, you know!
See also: above

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.

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.
See also: above


/beyond reproach
So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.
References in classic literature ?
Casaubon's religious elevation above herself as she did at his intellect and learning.
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.
Thickstun maintains that in order for students to become confident in their ability to read the epic, teachers may need to prepare study guides, language games, or map-making exercises (13), yet she provides none of the above herself.
And secondly, if she had invited a raft of celebs instead of her real mates she'd be accused of getting above herself.
Third-placed Red Bloom may now be stepped up in trip as connections look to find a race for her, while fourth-placed Moon Dazzle will be found an easier opportunity after running above herself on just her second start.