give yourself airs


give yourself airs
give yourself airs (or put on airs)
: to act in a way that shows you think you are better than other people

Some of her old friends have accused her of putting on airs since she became wealthy.

She's very rich, but she doesn't give herself airs.

◇ In British English, the phrase airs and graces describes an overly superior or proud way of behaving.

She's very rich, but she doesn't give herself any airs and graces. = She doesn't have any airs and graces. = She doesn't put on any airs and graces.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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