get above (oneself)

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get above (oneself)

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

If someone gets above themselves, they act as if they are more important than they really are. I just think you're getting a little bit above yourself. I did not like the way he had clearly got above himself.
See also: above, get
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
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get above

1. To come to a position over or on top of something: I finally got above the wave and gasped for air.
2. To assume a superior attitude toward something so that one is no longer concerned with its problems and no longer worrying about it: Once you get above all this bickering, the answer should become clear.
See also: above, get
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He is indeed presumptuous, and getting above himself; and nothing less than a flog- ging will do for him.
A BULLY broke Prince Charles's nose at school to teach him a lesson for "getting above himself", says a former pupil.
View from the stable Jim Bolger "We ran Snowflake Dancer early because he was getting above himself at home and we thought the run would settle him down.
The problem in Labour eyes was that Prescott, once a ship's steward who served a mean dry Martini, was getting above himself by aping his betters.
If he called himself Cleworth-Piddington people might think he was getting above himself.
OUR man may be getting above himself, thinking he can handle a course used for final Open qualifying.
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