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.
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/beyond reproach
So good as to preclude any possibility of criticism.
References in classic literature ?
The nonsense and folly of people's stepping out of their rank and trying to appear above themselves, makes me think it right to give you a hint, Fanny, now that you are going into company without any of us; and I do beseech and entreat you not to be putting yourself forward, and talking and giving your opinion as if you were one of your cousins--as if you were dear Mrs.
Miss Fullilove, the timber- merchant's daughter, was quite sure that if SHE were Miss Penny Palfrey, she would be cautious; it was not a good sign when men looked so much above themselves for a wife.
Many thought that Albion had performed above themselves to secure a 1-1 draw at Easter Road courtesy of Steven Nicholas' goal.
The boys played a year above themselves at a competition there.
Human beings," he writes, "while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.
Fans of Gogglebox are always indignant at the start of each new series, when they realise their favourites have been made into sofa doilies after getting a bit above themselves.
When they are playing really well, maybe they are playing well above themselves.
Our research shows that people continue to prioritize family and career obligations above themselves.
Managerless Swansea, playing above themselves, had equalised deservedly in the last minute through Bafetimbi Gomis after Wilfried Bony's first half headed goal against his old side had put City ahead.
The Patriots offensive line have played above themselves in protecting Brady but this could prove a tougher test for them if the Dolphins can maintain the level of defensive play they have displayed lately.
The success of this project proves that through the synergy among entities that put service and integrity above themselves, anything can be achieved.
When they got above themselves, they were reined in by Magna Carta, the first European convention on human rights.
It is refreshing to hear about such selfless souls living in the town who put the needs of others above themselves.
They have been doing really well but no-one should be in any doubt that Newcastle have performed above themselves to put six wins together.