be above (oneself)

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be above (oneself)

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

be/get aˈbove yourself

(disapproving) behave as if you are better or more important than you really are: She’s getting a bit above herself. She’s only been working for me for two weeks and already she’s telling me what to do!
See also: above, get
References in classic literature ?
But nevertheless I walk with my thoughts ABOVE their heads; and even should I walk on mine own errors, still would I be above them and their heads.
First, I consider myself to be above all a son of Africa.