(Especially of language or ideas) extravagant and lofty.
- The language they used was high-flown - some would say overblown.
- It is tempting under the current circumstances to rush down from our high ground and have a right old go at the BBC - perhaps using rather high-flown and intemperate language.
- Viewed in this light, his high-flown rhetoric about the timeless values of freedom and democracy can seem an abstraction fit only for university debating halls.
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