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  • s  pretentious (especially with regard to language or ideals)
    high-flown talk of preserving the moral tone of the school
  • s  of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
    argue in terms of high-flown ideals"- Oliver Franks

  • When Nehru celebrated India's "tryst with destiny," his high-flown speechifying was as suited to the tenor and need of the times as Sukarno's loopy, inventive acronyms.
  • His sculptures seldom tell a story, never illustrate any high-flown saw or slogan.
  • He was denounced as a betrayer of official secrets, a traitor to Woodrow Wilson, because he dared to criticize that President's high-flown peace plans.
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  • Tom Elias: Same old self-interest, wrapped in the flag
    Never mind the high-flown rhetoric of a new Silicon Valley push on immigration. The campaign is using the same old say-anything political tactics that all big-money groups use to promote their own self-interest.
    June 18, 2013 - The Record Searchlight

  • Sarah Palin in Christian Broadcasting Network
    Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election,Palin says. "Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things. And then there is the...
  • Bao Tong in Salem-News.Com
    He would occasionally speak some high-flown talk of democracy, but that was just to keep up his image as a man of the people, to win the affection of the people on behalf of the Party, but the charade was never to become a reality,Bao wrote....
  • David Cameron in Bloomberg
    He said Cameron spoke "wonderfully about idealism and principle. But we've got to explain what that means. We cannot get by with high-flown words."

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