too\ big\ for\ one's\ breeches

• too big for one's breeches
• too big for one's boots
adj. phr.
too sure of your own importance; feeling more important than you really are.

That boy had grown too big for his breeches. I'll have to put him back in his place.

When the teacher made Bob a monitor, he got too big for his boots and she had to warn him.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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