General Writing and Grammar Help/Put on airs


Dear Ted:

Would you please give me some alternatives to "put on airs"?

Also, would you please give me some examples of how to use them?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.


Dear Paolo:

"Put on airs" means to act superior to others, usually by claiming to be more important than one actually is.

There are many synonym web sites that have examples.  I just entered the phrase into a Google search box and found many.

Here are a couple of good ones:

to pretend to be more important than you really are

Example Sentences:

The new boss put on airs by lying to his employees about things he had done in the past.

She always put on airs, acting as if she were a queen.


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