put on airs

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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.

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