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Peut-être que "rien de neuf sous le soleil" peut convenir.
Here are some equivalents, roughly sorted from the more polite to the more vulgar. Some have nuances, but all means more or less "He is acting without any fear of the public opinion, because he has a too high opinion of himself" Il est très cavalier. Il est sans-gène. Il a du culot / Il est culotté. C'est un cow-boy. Il est gonflé. Il a les ...
"Il se la pète" is quite a common colloquial idiom for an arrogant person.
Le means "the" and du (which is a contraction of de le) means "of the". So Chacun y met du sien means "Each person puts in of their own". For example if what's being put in is money, saying du implies that each person puts in "some of" their own money ... puts in money "from" their own wealth, and not puts in all their wealth.
In spite of some translations that use “one’s all,” I think the “de” is there, as it often is in French, to capture the “partitive” notion that some (an immeasurable part), but not all of someone or someone’s help is required and being requested. This could even be a/n (somewhat rare) example of the use of the French “partitif” that has a literal and ...
In Old French sien meant one's property (le mien → "my property"; le tien → "your property", etc.). This meaning has long been forgotten and nowadays mien, tien, sien, is used as a noun only in the phrase y mettre du sien. According to Expressio at the beginning of the 16th century y mettre du sien meant "to put one's money in it", just as y être du sien ...
“C'est au premier qui…” indicates that there is a competition of some sort, and that the goal of the competition is to be the first to do something. This is an example of a more general construction which indicates the goal of a competition: “C'est à qui …” or “C'est à celui qui …”, sometimes with a qualifier stating that the winner has to be the first or ...
It seems to derive from a structure like "la victoire/le prix revient au premier qui..." with "au premier" then focused by a c'est cleft: Ils avaient inventé un jeu ... C'était au premier qui reconnaîtrait l'auteur de ces clichés [que reviendrait la victoire] Dans la « course à l'espace » entre les États-Unis et l'Union soviétique, c'est au premier ...
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