one's nose in the air
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British pronunciation/wˈɒnz nˈəʊz ɪnðɪ ˈeə/
American pronunciation/wˈʌnz nˈoʊz ɪnðɪ ˈɛɹ/
one's nose in the air
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a type of unfriendly behavior that is meant to show that one is better than other people

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{one's} [nose] in the air definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "one's nose in the air" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "one's nose in the air" comes from the visual image of a person tilting their head back slightly, raising their nose in a superior manner. This idiom is commonly used in casual situations to describe someone's behavior and attitude, particularly when they look down on others.

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His constant snobby remarks and disdainful looks show that he always has his nose in the air.
She always walks around with her nose in the air, acting like she's better than everyone else.
Even though she's accomplished, she never puts her nose in the air and treats everyone with respect.
He won't talk to anyone he deems beneath him, constantly holding his nose in the air.
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