have calluses from patting (one's) own back

have calluses from patting (one's) own back

To have excessively praised oneself for an achievement or a job well done. Tony was instrumental in the success of the merger—or so he says. I bet he has calluses from patting his own back.
See also: back, callus, have, own, pat

have calluses from patting one's own back

 and break one's arm patting oneself on the back
Fig. to be a braggart. If you haven't heard about Bill's latest achievement, he'd be glad to tell you. He has calluses from patting his own back. Jane: I did a really wonderful job, if I do say so myself. Tom: If you're not careful, you'll break your arm patting yourself on the back.
See also: back, callus, have, own, pat
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