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swollen head

noun [C usually singular] uk   ( US usually also swelled head) us  
If someone has a swollen head, that person thinks they are more intelligent and more important than they really are: Don't compliment him any more, or he'll get a swollen head.
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swollen-headed
adjective uk   /ˌswəʊ.lənˈhed.ɪd/ us    /ˌswoʊ-/ informal disapproving
Translations of “swollen head”
in Chinese (Traditional) 自命不凡,自負,神氣活現…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自命不凡,自负,神气活现…
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