name-dropping

[neym-drop-ing]
noun
the introduction into one's conversation, letters, etc., of the names of famous or important people as alleged friends or associates in order to impress others.

Origin:
1945–50

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name-drop

[neym-drop]
verb (used without object), name-dropped, name-dropping.
to indulge in name-dropping.

Origin:
1950–55

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name-dropping
 
n
informal the practice of referring frequently to famous or fashionable people, esp as though they were intimate friends, in order to impress others
 
'name-dropper
 
n

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Example sentences
Thousands of people, much more name-dropping than the writer, speak and behave
  in a much more modest way.
She's never arrogant about it, but the name-dropping happens far too often.
The knowingness and the name-dropping that characterized the early issues
  disappeared.
There are the essays on vulgarity, on name-dropping, on people trying to
  elevate themselves in some way over other people.
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