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To think you are important

condescend

verb

to behave in a way that shows that you think you are more important or more intelligent than other people

lord it over someone

to treat someone in a way that shows that you think you are better or more important than them

do something as if you own the place

to behave in an annoying way that shows that you think you can do whatever you want

flatter yourself

to persuade yourself that you are better, more attractive, more important etc than you are

think the world revolves around you

to think that other people and things are not as important as you are

fancy yourself

to believe that you are very attractive, clever, or good at something in a way that is annoying

go to someone’s head

if success goes to someone’s head, it makes them think that they are better or more important than they really are

get above yourself

to start to think that you are more important than you really are

have a big/swollen head

to believe that you are very intelligent, important etc

think you’re the bee’s knees

to think you are very clever and important

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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