feeling ten feet tall


Hi, everyone:

Where it was once desirable to trail clouds of glory, they now require emissions credits. Regulators are another threat. Hunting-grounds, happy or not, are fewer in number. Recently shelved plans by the European Commission to get rid of Britain's imperial measures endangered all manner of activities, from exacting a pound of flesh, inching forward and feeling ten feet tall to being miles away.

Could you tell me the meaning of "feeling ten feet tall"?
Best wishes
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    "Feeling ten feet tall" is feeling really, really good.
    Something that you have been working towards for months has turned out perfectly, better than you could ever have imagined, and you have just been told that you've won the international award for the best whatever-it-is of the year.
    You feel ten feet tall.