It would be noble of us to not revel in it, though.

The sentence above has some idioms that I don't know. What is it going to say? Or when such a sentence could be said?

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Noble of us in this case isn't idiomatic. When I Google it, the second definition is:

  • having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals. "the promotion of human rights was a noble aspiration"

So, the sentence is saying that we will show fine personal qualities by not 'revel[ing] in it'.

  • Thank you and "reveling in it"? I guess it means we will show fine personal qualities by not taking pleasure of it (or being joyful of that event)
    – Ahmad
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 8:01
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    Yes! But, what it really means is that it isn't proper to rejoice in front of a defeated opponent. People should win with grace and not gloat. Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 8:03

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