borrowed plumes

borrowed plumes

a pretentious display not rightly your own

This phrase refers to the fable of the jay which dressed itself in the peacock's feathers.

Related Idioms and Phrases :

borrow trouble

take needless action that may have bad effects - North American

living on borrowed time

continuing to survive against expectations (used with the implication that this will not be for much longer)

show someone who's boss

make it clear that it is yourself who is in charge

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