put on airs

put on airs

  1. (idiomatic) To become haughty, to assume a pretentious manner.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit:
      Even Timothy, the jointed wooden lion, who was made by the disabled soldiers, and should have had broader views, put on airs and pretended he was connected with Government.
  • French: donner des airs, prendre des airs
  • German: aufspielen
  • Italian: darsi delle arie
  • Portuguese: empinar o nariz, erguer o nariz
  • Russian: ва́жничать
  • Spanish: darse aires, darse tono, hacer el paripé

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