purse-proud


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proud or arrogant because of your wealth (especially in the absence of other distinction)

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I mean a purse-proud villain in Russell Square, whom I knew without a shilling, and whom I pray and hope to see a beggar as he was when I befriended him."
Do you suppose, young man, that I don't know what little purse-proud tradesmen are, when, through some fortunate circumstances, they get the upper hand for a brief day--or think they get the upper hand--of a gentleman?'
This was not because he was what is called purse-proud; handling money in public was on the contrary positively disagreeable to him; he had a sort of personal modesty about it, akin to what he would have felt about making a toilet before spectators.
A 1904 edition of the US farm magazine, Breeders Gazette, called automobile drivers "a reckless, bloodthirsty, villainous lot of purse-proud crazy trespassers."
He went on to claim, however, that his life had been a happy one and that he would not "exchange his labors for the independent situation of any idle, sauntering, purse-proud citizen of Philadelphia." Notwithstanding this expression of pride in middling status, Rush was keenly interested in manners.