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!
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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.

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.
References in classic literature ?
If, in the bygone days when this was your home and when this was your dress, I had understood myself (I speak only of myself) better, and had read the secrets of my own breast more distinctly; if, through my reserve and self-mistrust, I had discerned a light that I see brightly now when it has passed far away, and my weak footsteps can never overtake it; if I had then known, and told you that I loved and honoured you, not as the poor child I used to call you, but as a woman whose true hand would raise me high above myself and make me a far happier and better man; if I had so used the opportunity there is no recalling--as I wish I had, O I wish I had
But I notice the more I desire a relationship with God and a better understanding of him, he gives me new desires: a passion to help and bless others, to place others above myself.
I felt suspended above myself, watching all these amazing doctors and nurses take control and fix me.
I think you play how you train, so I just wanted to make sure I was above myself for when we start back.
That is a decision made by people above myself," said Clark, who was appointed by Pannu, who conducted the interview process on behalf of Carson Yeung and the board after Chris Hughton left for Norwich City.
Obviously there's a lot of controversy over who's going to be coaching here next year or who'll be above myself and Johnsy.
The one thing that helped me was that I was never permitted to get above myself.
Newbury was never going to suit him and we won and while I'm not getting above myself, I wouldn't be swapping.
Valuing others above myself and my concerns affords them dignity.
He said: "It would have been nice to have made it back-to-back victories but I probably ran a little above myself when I won it last year.
He sort o' looked at me, twanged his braces, an' said I was gettin' a bit above myself an' I had to be careful "not to become the message".