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swelled head

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swelled head an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
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Quotations

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    “The human body is a peculiar device, pat it on the back and the head swells.”

Usage

In literature:

So Joe had little chance to get a "swelled head," which is a bad thing for any of us.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
Doctor says it's all right, but my blessed head keeps on swelling still.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
I don't see that there is anything in it to cause any one to get the swelled-head.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The latter crept to within a foot or two of the top of the swell, when he quickly but cautiously raised his head and peered over at the Sioux.
"The Young Ranchers" by Edward S. Ellis
When the Major gets hoarse his voice rises to a squeak, and his eyes start out of his head, and he appears to swell.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
The wheat was ready for the reaper, and the full heads were swelled to bursting.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Don't get a swelled head just because a lot of the older fellows let you play around.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
But nothing could down the poet, whose head seemed to swell till it touched the gallery.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Thin, unbelievably thin it was, yet swelling at the head.
"The Heads of Apex" by Francis Flagg
He was below the middle height, but the large head was set with a great swelling throat on the shoulders of a Titan.
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
My tongue swelled, my face and head and heart and body seemed ready to burst.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
The still head began to rock, the throat to swell, the lips to twitch.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Nothing hurts a man with a swelled head like ridicule.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
I hope maybe I've learned my lesson, and I'll not be so swelled-headed next time.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
It swelled up my head and stuff came out.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
Of a sudden, my ascending head passed into the trough of a swell.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Make me get swelled head.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Every swell rode clear over our heads and we had to hold our breath until we came to the surface again.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
Long we lay thus, Houston and the bo'sun pulling a listless stroke to keep her head to the swell.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
He's just the least bit in danger of getting a swelled head.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In poetry:

The brooding East with awe beheld
Her impious younger world.
The Roman tempest swelled and swelled,
And on her head was hurled.
"The Pagan World" by Matthew Arnold
Changeless are the Gods--and bred
All their wrath divine in him!
Bull-like fell his furious head,
Swell'd vast cords on breast and limb.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Calm the ocean! From the ground-swell
Boldly leaps a smart young spratling,
Warms his little head in sunshine,
Glad with tiny tail he splashes.
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
Huge troubles with tumultuous noise
Swell like a sea, and round me spread;
Thy water-spouts drown all my joys,
And rising waves roll o'er my head.
"Psalm 42 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Thy sails, on the fathomless ocean,
Are swell'd by the boisterous gale;
How rests thy tir'd head
On the rude rocking bed?
While here not a leaf is in motion,
And melody reigns in the dale.
"The Banks Of Wye - Book II" by Robert Bloomfield
The coming morn, with lustre gay,
Breath'd sweetly on his dwelling;
The twilight veil of parting day
Stole softly o'er his quiet shed,
Hiding the mountain's misty head,
Where the night-breeze was swelling.
"The Deserted Cottage" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

After the usual buzz, Portland's dining swells can finally thrill seek at the Eventide Oyster Co.--the new venture headed by the enterprising owners of the award-winning Hugo's.
If Bailey needed another reason not to get a swelled head, that provided it.
My head suddenly became small and roared as its capillaries swelled like red balloons.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said the team was being cautious with Umenyiora, who has had swelling in his knee in the past that led to minor knee surgery last preseason.
Now, Don't Go Getting a Swelled Head.
The folks who get paid big bucks to know are saying the recession is over--the same folks who didn't head off the latest crisis swelling right beneath their noses.
Carl Yastrzemski and Johnny Bench will be here Sunday, and so will about 20,000 other people, swelling the head count of this remote but famous village to nearly 10 times its normal size.
We launched around 7 am, heading straight offshore and growing hairs on our chest as we pummeled through 2 foot swells.
The dreadlocked head of Jae Crowder didn't swell just because he lit it up for 20 points in 15 minutes during his first game at the American Airlines Center.
Cluster headaches, which are generated by swelling of blood vessels in the head, generally reach their full force within five to 10 minutes after onset.
Elisa Izquierdo's mother slammed the 6-year-old's head against a concrete wall, causing the child's brain to swell and press against the unyielding walls of her skull.
Watch The Swell Season Cover Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy".
Perhaps if the head did visibly swell up, it would keep people "in check" because it would be pretty unattractive.
The thumping music swells to a crescendo as dozens of young people stream down the sanctuary aisles as they bop their heads and sway to the music.
Over the past year, Big Fuel has seen its revenue more than triple, to $40 million, and its head count swell, from 70 employees to 140.
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