Suppose someone is too full of himself because he thinks he is so good, if I wanted to advise him to act more humbly, what should I say? I'm familiar with turn your nose up at someone or something, and I'm not sure the opposite, lower your nose or turn your nose down, would be correct English, as in:

Hey! I've had it with you! You need to lower your nose a bit.

  • Why is "Don't be so full of yourself." (the negation of the expression you initially use) insufficient for this purpose?
    – V2Blast
    Commented Dec 26, 2018 at 4:53
  • Because in my first language, the equivalent of need is usually used. So I was looking for an expression that can be preceded by you need to, you should or the likes.
    – Sara
    Commented Dec 27, 2018 at 0:54

3 Answers 3


Its not very idiomatic to tell people to be humble. Humble in not a big part of the culture of English speaking countries. So there isn't a rich source of idioms or metaphors to use.

Instead just be literal:

I've had it with you. You're too proud.

There are some expressions meaning "proud" in a negative way:

You're too full of yourself. You're conceited and arrogant.


be up yourself

uk slang ​ to think that you are better and more important than other people:

She's so up herself since she landed this new job, it's unbearable.


British slang - I've had enough of you. You're so up yourself.

Note that this is very confrontational, it literally means, "You are up your own backside"


You could tell him to step down from his pedestal.

It was the only honest thing to do, but very hard for the poor fellow to crush his little vanities, renounce the delights so dear to the young, own his folly, and step down from his pedestal to be pitied, laughed at, and forgotten.

Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott

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