Proud flesh and proud door panels

Michael Sheehan wordmall at AOL.COM
Wed Dec 29 22:19:59 UTC 2010

I'm trying to ascertain the connection between proud flesh (raised
tissue associated with a healing wound), proud panel doors (panels
that protrude), and pride itself. At a guess, it may be the
association of being proud with being puffed up or swelled with pride,
but I have no confirmation. Any suggestions?

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