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Can I use the phrase (new to me) holier-than-thou like

don't give holier-than-thou attitude.

And what is more possibilities of using this phrase? What is the correct pronunciation of the phrase?

P.S: English is not my first language.

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closed as general reference by Bravo, J.R., FumbleFingers, tchrist, JLG May 26 '12 at 21:09

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You could look up all possibilities of usage at Wordnik. The pronunciation is available in any dictionary. – Bravo May 26 '12 at 10:20
The pronunciation is that of the three words "holier" (i.e. "more holy"), "than", "thou", which you can look up in a dictionary. – Colin Fine May 26 '12 at 11:22
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Your sentence is missing an object and a demonstrative adjective. Who is the target of the holier-than-thou attitude? Which/how much attitude are you referring to?

You would need to add a couple of words such as:

Don't give me that holier than thou attitude.


Don't give your friend so much holier than thou attitude.

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How to pronounce it? please – AbdulAziz May 26 '12 at 11:15
The Macmillan Dictionary provides vocal pronuncations; just click on the bright red speaker icon. Or, try Forvo – J.R. May 26 '12 at 12:09

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