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(as) conceited as a barber's cat

Very narcissistic or vain. 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 conceited as a barber's cat lately.
See also: cat, conceited

*conceited as a barber's cat

Rur. very conceited; vain. (*Also: as ~.) Ever since he won that award, he's been as conceited as a barber's cat.
See also: cat, conceited
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Why, did you ever know a conceited man dare to praise a picture?
Black snails without a house--but they are so common, and so conceited.
The captain, like a well-bred man, had, before marriage, always given up his opinion to that of the lady; and this, not in the clumsy awkward manner of a conceited blockhead, who, while he civilly yields to a superior in an argument, is desirous of being still known to think himself in the right.
I've never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
But suppose, Maggie,--suppose it was a man who was not conceited, who felt he had nothing to be conceited about; who had been marked from childhood for a peculiar kind of suffering, and to whom you were the day-star of his life; who loved you, worshipped you, so entirely that he felt it happiness enough for him if you would let him see you at rare moments "
He said a good deal more, for he seems a little conceited and likes to be listened to, but this is scarcely a vice.
He reportedly felt insulted by the photo, which apparently portrayed Shams as "self-centered and conceited.
Not my words - Zachary Gordon is the conceited teller of these schoolhall tall-tales.
These were: Being Portugal coach and winning nothing Going to Chelsea and being sacked the following day Going to coach in Uzbekistan Returning to Brazil, taking over a big team (Palmeiras) and getting them relegated to the second division Leaving the club 56 days before the end of the Brazilian season to 'escape' the relegation Being an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous Scolari has defended his record, while accepting the semi-final was 'catastrophic'.
The situation reminds of 1998 when the conceited SDSM was warned that nobody likes it anymore and it was doubtful that anyone would vote for this party.
THE season of goodwill is likely to mean more to a humble person than a conceited one, research suggests.
The one thing that we won't allow them to do is be conceited.
The shorts will be subjected to the comments of two animated judges, a conceited Canada goose named Canuckles and a sultry west coast salmon named Sela.