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(as) cocky as the king of spades

Conceited or haughty. Don't invite Joe to lunch unless you want to hear him brag about all the important things he's doing in his new job. He's just as cocky as the king of spades lately. No one in the neighborhood cares for the Smiths. They're always as cocky as the king of spades whenever they're socializing with us. You're not going to make many friends at your new school if you act as cocky as the king of spades just because they don't like the same things as you.
See also: cocky, king, of, spade
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*cocky as the king of spades

boastful; overly proud. (*Also: as ~.) He'd challenge anyone to a fight. He's as cocky as the king of spades. She strutted in, cocky as the king of spades.
See also: cocky, king, of, spade
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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