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beam with pride

To smile broadly and radiantly due to pride in something or someone. I was simply beaming with pride when my son was awarded his college diploma.
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false pride

An exaggeratedly high or pretentious opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance that is not based on real achievement or success. He goes on and on about his literary abilities, but it's just false pride if you ask me—he's never even been published!
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burst with pride

To be so filled up with pride as to be unable to contain it. I am just bursting with pride that my little girl got into medical school!
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have pride of place

To be prominently displayed. Once I get my diploma, it will definitely have pride of place in my office.
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pride comes before a fall

Having too much pride or confidence in one's abilities will cause one to make mistakes that lead to a setback or failure. A: "He's so unwilling to delegate any responsibility to anyone else that I'm sure he's going to end up crumbling beneath all the pressure." B: "Well, pride comes before a fall."
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swallow (one's) pride

To put aside one's personal reluctance in order to do something. I don't have any other job offers, so I guess I just have to swallow my pride and accept this entry-level position.
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pride (oneself) on (something)

To take satisfaction in, be proud of, or highly value something one owns, has done, or is renowned for. Our company has always prided itself on its excellent customer support and commitment to customer satisfaction. Janet prides herself on her three Olympic gold medals.
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take pride (in someone or something)

To take satisfaction in, be proud of, or highly value something one owns, has done, or is renowned for. Our company has always taken pride in its excellent customer support and commitment to customer satisfaction. You can tell that John takes a lot of pride in his kids.
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pride and joy

That which fills one with a great sense of pride, pleasure, happiness, or contentment. This car is my father's pride and joy—if we put a single scratch on it, he'll go ballistic! I know it's a bit of a cliché, but my children truly are my pride and joy.
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burst with pride

to be full as if to the bursting point with pride. My parents were bursting with pride when I graduated from college. I almost burst with pride when I was chosen for the first prize.
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pride and joy

Fig. something or someone that one is very proud of. (Often in reference to a baby, a car, a house, etc. Fixed order.) And this is our little pride and joy, Roger. Fred pulled up in his pride and joy and asked if I wanted a ride.
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Pride goes before a fall.

 and Pride goeth before a fall.
Prov. If you are too proud and overconfident, you will make mistakes leading to your defeat. (Biblical.) Sue: I'm the best student in my history class. I'm sure I can pass the exam without studying very hard. Sam: Be careful. Pride goes before a fall, you know.
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pride oneself in something

 and pride oneself on something
to take pride in one of one's qualities or accomplishments. She prides herself in her ability to spot a shoplifter. I pride myself on my ability to find compromises.
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swallow one's pride

Fig. to forget one's pride and accept something humiliating. I had to swallow my pride and admit that I was wrong. When you're trying to master a new skill, you find yourself swallowing your pride quite often.
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take pride in someone or something

to be proud of someone or something. I take a great deal of pride in my children. She takes pride in her work and it shows in her products.
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pride and joy

The object of one's great pleasure, as in Our new grandson is our pride and joy, or Dana's car is his pride and joy. This term was probably invented by Sir Walter Scott in his poem Rokeby (1813), where he described children as "a mother's pride, a father's joy."
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pride of place

The highest or most prominent position, as in His trophy had pride of place on the mantelpiece. [Early 1600s]
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pride oneself on

Also, take pride in. Be proud of, take satisfaction in, as in We pride ourselves on always being punctual, or She took pride in her flower garden. The first term dates from the late 1300s, the second from the late 1500s.
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swallow one's pride

Humble oneself, as in She decided to swallow her pride and apologize. This idiom employs swallow in the sense of "refrain from expressing," a usage dating from the early 1600s.
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pride comes before a fall

When people say pride comes before a fall, they mean that if people are too proud or confident, they are likely to fail eventually. I know that pride comes before a fall but I think that there are a few times in a man's life when he must stand up and be counted.
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swallow your pride

COMMON If you swallow your pride, you do something even if you are embarrassed or ashamed about it. If necessary, he can swallow his pride and work with his political enemies. These people are swallowing their pride and looking for charity.
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your pride and joy

Someone or something that is your pride and joy is very important to you and makes you feel very happy. The bike soon became his pride and joy. He was his father's only hope, his mother's pride and joy.
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pride goes (or comes) before a fall

if you're too conceited or self-important, something will happen to make you look foolish.
This phrase is adapted from Proverbs 16:18: ‘Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall’. Goes before here means ‘precedes’.
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pride of place

the most prominent or important position amongst a group of things.
1995 Abdulrazak Gurnah Paradise He was brought up in a devout Sikh household in which the writings of the great Gurus had pride of place in the family shrine.
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your pride and joy

someone or something of which you are very proud and which is a source of great pleasure.
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your ˌpride and ˈjoy

somebody/something that you are very proud and pleased to have: That car’s his pride and joy.His granddaughter is his real pride and joy.
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pride comes before a ˈfall

(saying) if you are too proud or confident, something may happen which will make you look foolish: Remember, John, pride comes before a fall. Don’t go round talking about your success in business all the time.
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(give something) pride of ˈplace

the best or most important position: All the entries in the flower show are good, but pride of place must go to Cynthia Jones’s roses.Sally gave her award pride of place on the mantelpiece.
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take ˈpride in somebody/something

be proud of somebody/something; consider something to be worth doing well: She takes a lot of pride in running such a successful business.

be puffed up with ˈpride, etc.

be too full of pride, etc: He felt grown-up, puffed up with self-importance.
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swallow your ˈpride

decide to act in a way you are ashamed of or embarrassed by because you want or need something very much: She is very independent and it was hard for her to swallow her pride and ask for help.
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