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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outdated Having an erect penis.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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Indeed, Eye used to have an office display board where the best--or worst, as it were--were proudly displayed for all to see.
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Finally in 2004, the government proudly proclaimed that Iran was self-sufficient in wheat, 24 years after the revolution.
ON Tuesday I proudly unveiled the latest Euro-Millions winners.
I am reminded of the reaction I had when visiting South Africa a couple of years ago and coming across a 'Proudly South African' logo.
"Vermont": A river forms the eastern line,/ a tranquil lake the west,/ and tree-filled mountain form the core.//A pristine wilderness/of maple, birch, evergreens/protects the bears, wild turkey, moose, and deer.//This pastoral place proudly displays/the blazing yellow, red and green/in fiery foliage of fall.//Unique town meetings proudly show/the true old Yankee heritage/of independence and tolerance./Village greens and covered bridges abound/with red clover on the tree-lined streets/of each small town throughout the//Green Mountain State.
"What So Proudly We Hailed" is a look into a hypothetical 2027 where America has fallen into what some modern day political spectators fear for their beloved nation.
How many times do we hear it, "I'm just a nurse." It's ironic really-every day hundreds of people proudly pass themselves off as a nurse.
In every sporting event, from rugby football to hockey, it is the Welsh dragon of Wales that is proudly displayed with passion and pride, and not a Union Flag in sight.
A new year is upon us, which means that all of the dudes who were waiting for their contracts to expire can now proudly announce their roster changes in cheery "It's Official!" press releases.
Law Enforcement Online (LEO) proudly announces the creation of the National Dental Image Repository (NDIR), which contains supplemental dental images related to the records of missing, unidentified, and wanted persons housed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
DAV members proudly carry the colors on their way to John Paul Jones Park, in Brooklyn, N.Y., during a parade involving various service organizations showing support for wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
He wanted Simmons to know that she could be proudly Black and proudly lesbian, but she just wanted him to stop "meddling." She adds that she also took it for granted, laughing, "Don't all dads do this?"
Eagle proudly shared in the strong role that union workers have played in the illustrious shaping of American commerce.
Audubon especially for young readers ages 8-12, and illustrated by Cathy Morrison, John Audubon: Young Naturalist is a biography of the adolescence and young adulthood of famous naturalist John Audubon, whose talent for exquisitely and accurately painting birds and learning about wildlife amassed a great legacy that endures proudly to this day.