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(as) proud as a peacock

Proud to the point of arrogance, vanity, or boastfulness. Tom's been as proud as a peacock ever since he found out he came in top of the class—he hasn't missed a single opportunity to remind us. He looks like a total douchebag, strutting around the club proud as a peacock in his cheap suit and gold chains.
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*proud as a peacock

 and *vain as a peacock
overly proud; vain. (*Also: as ~.) Mike's been strutting around proud as a peacock since he won that award. I sometimes think Elizabeth must spend all day admiring herself in a mirror. She's as vain as a peacock.
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proud as a peacock

Having a very high opinion of oneself, filled with or showing excessive self-esteem. For example, She strutted about in her new outfit, proud as a peacock. This simile alludes to the male peacock, with its colorful tail that can be expanded like a fan, which has long symbolized vanity and pride. Chaucer used it in The Reeve's Tail: "As any peacock he was proud and gay." [1200s]
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proud as a peacock

Having an exceedingly high opinion of oneself—one’s dignity or one’s importance. The comparison to a peacock, believed to allude to its strutting gait, dates from the thirteenth century. Chaucer used the simile several times, and it has often been repeated. “The self-applauding bird the peacock” is how William Cowper described it (Truth, 1781).
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References in classic literature ?
And just as he is swallowing his last mouthful, winding his comforter round his throat, and tucking the ends into the breast of his coat, the horn sounds; boots looks in and says, "Tally-ho, sir;" and they hear the ring and the rattle of the four fast trotters and the town-made drag, as it dashes up to the Peacock.
Hostler, boots, and the Squire stand looking after them under the Peacock lamp.
Her peacock, which had now fluttered down from her shoulder, strutted behind her in a prodigious pomp, and spread out its magnificent tail on purpose for Jason to admire it.
When the old dame and her peacock were out of sight, Jason set forward on his journey.
Circe, my father's sister, taught me to be one, and I could tell you, if I pleased, who was the old woman with the peacock, the pomegranate, and the cuckoo staff, whom you carried over the river; and, likewise, who it is that speaks through the lips of the oaken image, that stands in the prow of your galley.
A little way before him, he beheld the old woman whom he had helped over the stream, with her peacock beside her.
Laurie did not read all this while he watched her feed the peacocks, but he saw enough to satisfy and interest him, and carried away a pretty little picture of a bright-faced girl standing in the sunshine, which brought out the soft hue of her dress, the fresh color of her cheeks, the golden gloss of her hair, and made her a prominent figure in the pleasant scene.
The rich purples, lavish greens and royal blues that decorate the fancy peacock make for the perfect colour palette to decorate your home.
WITH its exotic design and boho style, the peacock chair was a staple in photography studios and homes of the rich and famous at the beginning of the 20th Century.
peacock feathers can lend any home a hint of exotic opulence, so get shopping Above: Peacock hand towel, PS16.95, Junique.
peacock feathers can lend any home a hint of exotic oppulence, so get shopping MW by Matthew Williamson turquoise magnolia peacock bedding set, from PS32.90 to PS39.90, Debenhams L-R: Gin glass, PS9, John Lewis; peacock flute PS10.36, Kingandqueens.org.uk; martini glass, PS11, Tesco Above, L-R: Peacock objet, PS40, Laura Ashley; green and blue peacock wreath, PS12.99, HomeSense Printed cushion cover, PS24, La Redoute Left: Emma Bridgewater feather wreath platter, PS59.95, Daisy Park .co.uk Right: Painted bowl in peacock and gold, PS8, John Lewis Jan Constantine Oriental Peacock sham cover, PS15, Dunelm Mind The Gap peacock wallpaper, PS150, Roseandgrey.co.uk Above: Peacock hand towel, PS16.95, Junique.
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TransDigm Group announced that as part of its ongoing succession planning process, Douglas Peacock has offered to retire and become a Director Emeritus of the company.
The Field Officer Wildlife Department Tharparkar Wajid Ali Shaikh has said that the Wildlife Department along with the poultry doctors' team is working on daily basis for the protection of peacock mortality and visited different villages of district Tharparkar including Borrilo, Vejihar, Kheenkniyon, Mahiyari, Phulnahar, Lakhmor, Hara Dhani, Sandoor, Panat, Tigtayo, Jhamreser bheel, Nanisar, Rangeelo, Goghiyar, Bharu jo Tar and provided the necessary medicines multi vitamins and antibiotic and injections to the weak peacocks sighted in the villages.