High and Mighty

Meaning of Idiom ‘High and Mighty’ To be high and mighty means to act as if you are very important; to be arrogant, pompous, conceited, etc. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms]. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms]. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,3McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms. Cambridge University Press, 2002,4Ammer, Christine. American … Read more

Stinks To High Heaven

This is one of a number of exaggerated idioms which take mundane situations and describe them in quite implausible ways. Also: Smells to high heaven. Meaning To stink to high heaven means to have a very bad or unpleasant odor. Alternatively, it can sometimes mean to be highly corrupt, dishonest, unpleasant, or simply bad. Usage The … Read more

Come Hell or High Water

Also: In spite of hell or high water. Used as an idiom since at least 1915. Meaning of ‘Come Hell or High Water’ Idiom Come hell or high water is an alliterative dyad which means “no matter what happens or how difficult it is.” This idiom is used to refer to a goal or intention that will … Read more