break (one's) arm patting (oneself) on the back(redirected from break their arm patting themselves on the back)
break (one's) arm patting (oneself) on the back
To excessively praise oneself for an achievement or a job well done. Tony was instrumental in the success of the merger—or so he says. He's going to break his arm patting himself on the back.
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