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have a swelled head

To be conceited, arrogant, or self-aggrandizing. Cheryl has such a big head on her, all she ever talks about is herself. Janice has had a bit of a big head ever since she got that promotion.
See also: have, head, swell


old-fashioned Very nice; excellent. That's a swell idea, Frank. Thanks for the books, Mom, they're swell!

swell out

To bulge or protrude outward. The spot on his head swelled out where he had been hit by the baseball. After the flooding, the walls in the basement began swelling out with excess moisture.
See also: out, swell

swell up

1. To become large, inflated, or bulging. The girl's arm swelled up where the bee had stung her. The balloon began swelling up with hot air.
2. To become full to capacity (with some emotion). I swelled up with pride after the boss complimented my work. It's so nice seeing all those students swelling up with happiness as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas.
See also: swell, up

swell with

1. To become inflated or bulging with something. The girl's arm swelled with fluid as a result of the injury. The balloon began swelling with hot air.
2. To become filled with some emotion. I swelled with pride after the boss complimented my work. It's so nice seeing all those students swelling with happiness as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas.
See also: swell
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

swell out

to bulge outward; to expand outward. The sides of the box swelled out because it was too full. The west wall of the garage swelled out just before the building collapsed.
See also: out, swell

swell up

to enlarge; to inflate; to bulge out. I struck my thumb with a hammer and it swelled up something awful.
See also: swell, up

swell with something

1. Lit. to expand from a particular cause. My knee joints swelled with arthritis, His nose swelled after it was struck by the door.
2. Fig. to seem to swell with a feeling such as pride. His chest swelled with pride at the thought of his good performance. Ted swelled with pride at the announcement.
See also: swell

*swelled head

Fig. a state of being conceited. (Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) John got a swelled head after he won the prize. Don't get a swelled head from all this success.
See also: head, swell
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

swelled head, have a

Be conceited, as in Winning all those prizes has not given her a swelled head, at least not yet. This idiom began as be swellheaded, first recorded in 1817. The present form dates from about 1860. For a synonym see big head.
See also: have, swell
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

swell up

1. To become swollen: I put ice on my injured ankle so that it wouldn't swell up.
2. To become filled, as with pride, arrogance, or anger: The new parents swelled up with pride.
3. To rise or surge from an inner source: After I was fired unjustly, rage swelled up within me.
See also: swell, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


mod. fine; excellent. (Also sarcastic use.) Where did you get that swell hat?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

swelled head, to have a

To be conceited. The image conveyed is that of having one’s self-importance augment one’s head size. The term dates from the nineteenth century. J. J. Cooper used it with appropriate disgust (Simon Suggs’ Adventures, 1845): “They’re all a pack of d——d swell-heads.”
See also: have, swell, to
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[For example, SU (11), EEME (12), EVSS (13), etc.] However, it is not clear that EEME and EVSS can be successful with high Weissenberg number viscoelastic flow simulation of annular extrudate swells. In this study, we have developed a new calculation technique for higher Weissenberg number conditions of an annular extrudate swell.
Numerical approaches to the investigation of the annular extrudate swell, using both integral and differential constitutive equations, have been carried out.
A study is therefore needed to understand the influences different parameters have on die swell for this sort of extrusion.
Experimental approaches in terms of prediction of parison swell distributions have been implemented by several researchers, and numerical studies of parison swell distributions using these relationships have been also implemented.
As the polymer microparticles swelled against the load, the height on the measuring dial was taken at various time increments until there was little height change over 5 min.
if [[chi].sub.12] slightly greater than 0.5: swells
When the researchers placed those flat structures into solution, one hydrogel layer began to swell, while the other kept its volume in check.
The amount of material in the handle pinch areas is best adjusted through a combination of mold design (e.g., pinch land and pinch-pocket depth) and processing (die swell, mold positioning under the parison, parison programming, and mold tilting).
Swells that hit the west coast of Mexico often start as squalls as far away as New Zealand, thousands of miles away.
"Waiting periods provide the best chance of capturing a [good] swell," says Bartholomew.
So she launched Swells maternity wear in Nottingham to offer expectant
MUMS-to-be are in for a very big surprise when they visit the new Swells Maternity Wear showroom at The Dairy Farm in Great Packington near Meriden.
Bentonite is a major concern in concrete, since it swells to 10 times its volume in the presence of water (water is required in concrete production).
According to our prior results of applying the free swelling test to the DE material using Le Chatelier's rubber bag method [25], the DE material initially swells rapidly and then continues to swell slowly for a long time (Figure 1).
At pH12, the hydrogel swells up to 550 g [H.sub.2]O/g gel due to anion-anion repulsive electrostatic forces, while, at pH 2, it shrinks within a few minutes due to protonation of the carboxylate and hydrogen-bonding interaction between -OH and -COOH groups [35].