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English definition of “the big I am”

the big I am

informal disapproving
If someone is acting the big I am, or giving it the big I am, they are behaving as if they are very important : He was always giving it the big I am with his little gang .Showing arrogance and conceitConfidence and self-assuranceBoasting
(Definition of the big I am from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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