break one's arm patting oneself on the back

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • dislocate one's shoulder patting oneself on the back
  • hurt one's arm patting oneself on the back
  • hurt one's shoulder patting oneself on the back
  • hurt one's hand patting oneself on the back

EtymologyEdit

From pat on the back, and the uncomfortable position one would have to assume while patting their own self on the back.

PhraseEdit

break one's arm patting oneself on the back

  1. (humorous, derogatory) To be very full of oneself. Often used as a sarcastic caution - "don't break your arm patting yourself on the back"
    We're the best football team in the state! - Careful, dude, don't break your arm patting yourself on the back.

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Last modified on 17 June 2013, at 23:40