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high and mighty

Haughty and scornful. How can you act so high and mighty after all the mistakes you've made?
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high-and-mighty

Fig. self-important and arrogant. I don't know why William is so high-and-mighty. He's no better than the rest of us. The boss acts high-and-mighty because he can fire us all.

high and mighty

Conceited, haughty, as in She was too high and mighty to make her own bed. This expression originally alluded to high-born rulers and was being transferred to the merely arrogant by the mid-1600s.
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high and mighty

1 important and influential. 2 thinking or acting as though you are more important than others; arrogant. informal
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ˌhigh and ˈmighty

(informal) behaving as though you think you are more important than other people: He’s too high and mighty to mix with ordinary people like us!
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high and mighty

Arrogant, conceited. Although originally used to describe either spiritual or temporal rulers, this term soon came to mean individuals who used their position of real or imagined power to act haughtily. Thus, while fifteenth- and sixteenth-century sources might address a ruler as “Right heigh and mighty Prince” (as in Hall’s Chronicle of Edward IV, 1548), a century later Richard Whitlock (Zoötamia, 1654) would write of “their high and mighty word, Experience.” It was a cliché by the time Thackeray wrote, “Some of these bankers are as high and mighty as the oldest families” (The Newcomes, 1855).
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DOMINANT DUCHESS: Never nearer when sixth to High And Mighty at Royal Ascot last week and seems held at the weights.
DANCING RIO: Forced wide and not disgraced behind High And Mighty at Royal Ascot last week.
Far Cry is another progressive type and ran an excellent race at Royal Ascot when second to the now-penalised High and Mighty. Minivet and Just In Time both try a new trip but have plenty of courage and could go well.
Far Cry was giving the John Gosden trained High And Mighty 4lb and was beaten a length and a half.
"If High And Mighty runs we will be better off with him at the weights so we must have a great chance of reversing the form," added Pipe.
Ladbrokes: 6-1 Far Cry, 7 High And Mighty, 8 Travelmate, 12 Arctic Owl, Benatom, Gordi, Jaseur, 14 Dominant Duchess, Generosity, 16 Just In Time, Kahtan, Life of Riley, 20 Ballet-K, Rainbow Ways, Raise A Prince, Salmon Ladder, Spunkie, 25 bar.
Tote: 6-1 Far Cry, 7 High And Mighty, 8 Travelmate, 10 Generosity, 12 Benatom, Gordi, Jaseur, 14 Arctic Owl, Rainbow Ways, Salmon Ladder, 16 Just In Time, Kahtan, 20 Ballet-K, Bay Of Islands, Dominant Duchess, Generous Terms, Life Of Riley, Raise A Prince, Spunkie, 25 bar.
But following a review of High And Mighty's display at Chester, and previously at Ripon where he finished 11th of 13, beaten 53 lengths, it was decided that there were no grounds to warrant referring the case to the Disciplinary Committee for an inquiry.
Barnett explained that High And Mighty did not run during the 2000 season because of injury, and that his two previous outings this term had been on unsuitably soft ground.
There was a quiet on-course whisper for High And Mighty on the basis that he was 10lb below his Goodwood winning mark and was one of the few who would relish the fast ground.
Stablemate High And Mighty, 7-1 third favourite with Ladbrokes, would have to shoulder an 8lb penalty for winning last week's Ascot Stakes, but a firm intention to run is still awaited.
The Louth trainer has pencilled in Jimmy Quinn for the ride, and he was aboard when Jamaican Flight finished seventh behind High And Mighty and Far Cry at Ascot.
He had kept the well-bred High And Mighty, a half-brother to French Guineas winner Vettori, for yesterday's race since he finished fourth at York last month.
Fujiyama Crest, with Olivier Peslier on board, showed up really well for a long way but dropped right out after High And Mighty arrived on the scene and eventually trailed in 26th.
Even so, Victor Chandler was quick to price up High And Mighty as a 4-1 shot for the Newcastle marathon.