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as in: bruised her ego Define
one's sense of self-esteem or importance or ability
  • All those egos running around feeling terribly charitable and warm.
  • Always, always, always referring every goddam thing that happens right back to our lousy little egos.

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  • But don’t go screaming about egos in general.
  • In my opinion, if you really want to know, half the nastiness in the world is stirred up by people who aren’t using their true egos.

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  • She has such an inflated ego, she probably thinks we planned the whole thing for her.
  • Luma understood she was dealing with a group of boys with fragile egos and with little self-esteem to spare.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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unspecified meaning
  • I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego.
  • I mean all the ego.

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  • I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego.
  • I’m just sick of ego, ego, ego.
  • Ego, yes.
  • You keep talking about ego.
  • My God, it would take Christ himself to decide what’s ego and what isn’t.
  • This is God’s universe, buddy, not yours, and he has the final say about what’s ego and what isn’t.
  • But you’d like your friend Professor Tupper’s ego taken away from him.
  • You think it was his ego that got him into television?

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  • He has no ego any more—if ever he had one.
  • Nobody who’s really using his ego, his real ego, has any time for any goddam hobbies.
  • Nobody who’s really using his ego, his real ego, has any time for any goddam hobbies.
  • For about a whole month, at least, whenever anybody said anything that sounded campusy and phony, or that smelled to high heaven of ego or something like that, I at least kept quiet about it.
  • From what you say about him, anyway, I’d lay almost any odds that this thing he’s using, the thing you think is his ego, isn’t his ego at all but some other, much dirtier, much less basic faculty.
  • From what you say about him, anyway, I’d lay almost any odds that this thing he’s using, the thing you think is his ego, isn’t his ego at all but some other, much dirtier, much less basic faculty.
  • You take a look around your college campus, and the world, and politics, and one season of summer stock, and you listen to the conversation of a bunch of nitwit college students, and you decide that everything’s ego, ego, ego, and the only intelligent thing for a girl to do is to lie around and shave her head and say the Jesus Prayer and beg God for a little mystical experience that’ll make her nice and happy.
  • You take a look around your college campus, and the world, and politics, and one season of summer stock, and you listen to the conversation of a bunch of nitwit college students, and you decide that everything’s ego, ego, ego, and the only intelligent thing for a girl to do is to lie around and shave her head and say the Jesus Prayer and beg God for a little mystical experience that’ll make her nice and happy.
  • You take a look around your college campus, and the world, and politics, and one season of summer stock, and you listen to the conversation of a bunch of nitwit college students, and you decide that everything’s ego, ego, ego, and the only intelligent thing for a girl to do is to lie around and shave her head and say the Jesus Prayer and beg God for a little mystical experience that’ll make her nice and happy.

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as in: bruised her ego Define
one's sense of self-esteem or importance or ability
(Freud's definition) Define
psychoanalysis: the conscious mind
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