British Englishspokenused to say that what someone has said is unreasonable and that they are criticizing you for doing something that they do themselves:
He accused me of being dishonest, which was a bit rich coming from him.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: rich, well-off, wealthy, affluent, prosperousRich is a very direct way of saying that someone has a lot of money and possessions• one of the richest women in America Well-offmeans fairly rich, so you can buy most things. People are more likely to describe themselves as 'well-off' than 'rich'• My parents were pretty well-off.Wealthyis a slightly more formal word meaning rich, especially over a long period of time• He came from a wealthy family.Affluent and prosperous are fairly formal words, often used to describe societies where the economy is successful and the standard of living is good.Affluent means rich enough to have things like expensive cars and holidays• People are becoming increasingly affluent.Prosperousmeans rich and successful• the more prosperous regions of the countryWORD FOCUS: colour WORD FOCUS: colour a particular kind of colour:shade, hint, hue words for describing dark colours:dark, deep, rich words for describing light colours:light, pale, soft, pastel words for describing bright colours:bright, brilliant, vivid, garishdisapproving, gaudydisapproving having a lot of colours:colourful, multicolouredBritish English/multicoloredAmerican English ➔ See alsocolour
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.