I came across someone referring to the phrase "何様のつもりか" in the middle of an English-language discussion:

if I were [person X], I would be shouting "何様のつもりか" (although I am not, and so I can't)

Weblio gives a translation of "Who the hell do ... think ... are?"

jisho.org says that 何様 means a person of importance, often used sarcastically, and つもり has meanings of intention, plan, conviction, or belief.

I guess the translation of phrase makes sense based on its component words (the author is accusing someone of taking over person X's project), but is there any other context I should know about this phrase?

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    Without more context, I would take it to mean "who do you think you are?!"
    – A.Ellett
    Jan 27, 2016 at 17:32

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That is a strong phrase. It is often used to start accusing or fighting.

"You are so rude." would be close.

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