tall in the saddle


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tall in the saddle

Proud, stoic, or august in one's manner or composure. Even after two years of a losing war, the general still rode tall in his saddle before his troops.
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tall in the saddle

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If someone is tall in the saddle, they are confident and successful. The England manager will be riding tall in the saddle as he heads for Europe. The old cowboy of French politics is sitting tall in the saddle again.
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tall in the saddle

mod. proud. (Often with sit.) I’ll still be tall in the saddle when you are experiencing the results of your folly.
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A GROUP of cyclists are sitting tall in the saddle after a charity ride the length of Ireland.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sat tall in the saddle Saturday as he rode the horse trail at Stoney Point on horseback, alongside more than 50 riders.
SITTING tall in the saddle is an old saying that refers positively to one's character.
The nearly 3-year-old tot sat tall in the saddle for what her grandfather, Ken Cheney, 58, Garden Grove, estimated was her fourth pony ride, then led him to the petting zoo for the second time, where she patted baby goats, a baby zebra, a llama, a pot-bellied pig and other furry critters in turn.