(one's) nose is (always) in the air(redirected from their noses were in the air)
(one's) nose is (always) in the air
One (always) has a haughty, condescending, or disdainful manner or attitude. No one in the neighborhood cares for the Smiths. It just seems like their noses are always in the air whenever they're socializing with us. You're not going to make many friends at your new school if your nose is in the air like that.
one's nose is in the air
Fig. one is acting conceited or aloof. Mary's nose is always in the air since she got into that exclusive boarding school. Her mother's nose was always in the air, too.