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proud below the navel

outdated Having an erect penis. Primarily heard in UK. A: "I think that Sir Edgar grows proud below the navel every time he sees you, dear sister." B: "Oh, hush! Someone from the garden might hear us!"
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do (one or oneself) proud

1. To do something well and cause one or oneself to feel pride as a result. You really directed a fantastic play, Janet—you've done yourself proud! I know that math is a tough subject for you, so you really did me proud by getting an A- this semester.
2. To be very conscientious when hosting someone. Oh, I had a wonderful stay at Anna's house—she was a very attentive host and really did me proud.
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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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do oneself proud

to have done a very fine job. That's super! You've done yourself proud! I feel like I've done myself proud by earning high honors.
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do someone proud

to make someone proud. Bill's kids sure did him proud at the boat race. Mary resolved she would do her friends proud.
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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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do someone proud

1. Also, do credit to someone. Be a source of honor, distinction, or pride. For example, She did us proud, handling the problem with such aplomb, or Your new title does you credit. [Early 1800s]
2. Treat someone or oneself generously or extravagantly, as in You really did us proud with that banquet. [Early 1800s]
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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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do someone proud

1 act in a way that gives someone cause to feel pleased or satisfied. 2 treat someone with lavish generosity or honour. informal
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do somebody ˈproud

(old-fashioned, British English) look after a guest very well, especially by giving them good food, entertainment, etc: We spent the holidays with them and they really did us proud.
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do yourself/somebody ˈproud

do something that makes you proud of yourself or that makes other people proud of you: The team did us proud by winning 3-0 on Saturday.
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do (one) proud

To act or perform in a way that gives cause for pride.
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do someone proud, to

To make much of, to extend lavish hospitality. This turn of phrase dates from the nineteenth century. “You’ve done yourselves proud,” wrote Mark Twain in Innocents at Home (1872).
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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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He has really taken Britain a step forwards," Proud said.
The drop in Democratic pride has caused the percentage of Americans overall who are extremely or very proud to fall to a new low of 75%, down from the prior low of 81% last recorded in 2016.
I am very proud of this city - I am proud to raise my family here and I am extremely proud to serve the city as Mayor.
Responding to this, 26% said atomic bomb was what made them most proud of Pakistan, 12% said the army/navy, 7% said that it was the Islamic state, 7% said having an independent state made them proud and 1% said it was agricultural/industrial development.
When he was later arrested he said Proud had turned up at his home drunk and he reluctantly let the visitor in and they drank together.
It's not the Queen who has created the state we are in - she if anything helps us all @Sexyonlegs: Actually makes me ashamed that this is where my tax is going when soldiers r being made redundant because of "lack of money" @drivingequality: We have got our priorities wrong and thus sending out mixed messages to the ppl of GB @Clive_Oseman: Proud to see millions wasted on a pampered woman as her "subjects" are forced to accept austerity?
Mr Proud was quoted saying he had visited Cowboy Street, part of the city's infamous red light district.
They are deserving of special recognition by their peers and I am very proud to have one thing in common with them--being a member of REBNY.
I decided that as well as being Proud To Be Northern?
The Air Force Space Command team is also proud to provide the launch ranges, communications, navigation, and timing capabilities so instrumental in making this day a reality.
My brother and I are proud Vietnam era disabled veterans.
Every time you pick up a food package and check the Nutrition Facts panel, you can be proud.
May 1 is Law Day in America and I am proud to be a lawyer.
The American Cancer Society has a proud history of supporting promising early research, having now funded thirty-eight Nobel Prize winners early in their careers, a remarkable and unmatched feat.
If this nation can be proud of anything, it can be proud of its ability to survive even the cruelest and most oppressive conditions.