(to be) too big for your boots

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - too big for your boots

"(to be) too big for your boots"

someone thinks that they are more powerful or important than they actually are


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - too big for your boots

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you quite sure that you are ready for a promotion? You've only been with the company just over a year.

Colleague 2:  Of course.  I know everything there is to know already.

Colleague 1:  How would you manage if one of the current suppliers went out of business?

Colleague 2:  I'm not sure.

Colleague 1:  And if you caught a subordinate having an affair with a co-worker?

Colleague 2: I have no clue.

Colleague 1:  Perhaps you a little too big for your boots for a promotion just now.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - too big for your boots

An actor and her agent are talking ...

Agent:  You've been offered two million dollars for your next movie.

Actor:  That's not enough.

Agent:  It is an extremely generous offer. You have, after all, only been in one major movie, albeit a success.

Actor:  I am the best. I deserve far more than two million.

Agent:  Don't get too big for your boots. You could end up with no offers.

(to be) too big for your boots - Usage:


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(to be) too big for your boots - Gerund Form:

Being too big for your boots will not win you the kind regards of your boss.

(to be) too big for your boots - Examples:

1)  ... or mockery to puncture the Doctor's ego when he gets too big for his boots.

2)  But like many successful sportsman, he became too big for his boots I think and it shows by how many mistakes he made last year. 

3)  When an entrepreneur gets too big for his boots the Chinese crack down, give his business to a favoured supporter of the party.

4)  ... he just has a bad attitude and temperament, he got too big for his boots and was sent packing.

5)  ... quickly that there are some who think he's now much too big for his boots. That is, he is very conceited, acts self-important and is overly ambitious ...

6)  ... and if a celebrity appears too big for their boots we're happy to rip them to shreds too just to remind them that they ...

7)  The Tigers players are approachable and don't think they are too big for their boots.

8)  Dive operator attached to hotel - dangerous instructors! Too big for their boots, too macho, literally jumped in and swam down before anyone else left the ...

9)  Have scientists got too big for their boots? Will their hubris bring Nemesis in due course? What horrors will come creeping ...

10)  ... sometimes the international community gets a bit too big for their boots and need to get put back in their place.

11)  Business is getting too big for its boots. So long as the government does its bidding then everything's OK.

12)  Mr B. Apple is getting too big for its boots and showing contempt for customers.

13)  It seems to me that Lewes is getting too big for its boots trying to cut itself off from everybody else in some sort of Lewes' cult.

14)  There are unstated fears that the army is getting too big for its boots. The truth is that the army has already taken over this nation.

15)  When Germany gets too big for its boots, we always automatically add allies.

16)  1 1/2 years of service but shame on you for getting too big for your boots and demanding a move after just giving us 5 1/2 years of service in the ...

17)  ... it's because you're too big for your boots, despoil our high streets and blackmail your suppliers. No other retailer can do ...

18)  Are you telling me you are too big for your boots now for this type of handling?

19)  Don't become arrogant or too big for your boots. Be humble and remember to willingly take advice from other people or clients who ...

20)  ... and will be sure to tell you if you are getting too big for your boots. Their honestly can be brutal, but almost always beneficial.