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name-dropping

[neym-drop-ing] /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp ɪŋ/
noun
1.
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
1945-1950
1945-50

name-drop

[neym-drop] /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp/
verb (used without object), name-dropped, name-dropping.
1.
to indulge in name-dropping.
Origin
1950-55
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Examples from the web for name-dropping
  • 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.
  • name-dropping recurs throughout the book, almost on every page.
  • One must do it in some depth, in a way that goes beyond merely name-dropping.
  • Comic uses her trademark off-color, name-dropping humor to gossip about her personal life and career.
  • He did a lot of name-dropping concerning his past and expressed a familiarity with.
  • Pop music has a long history of insults, and few artists are above name-dropping.
British Dictionary definitions for name-dropping

name-dropping

noun
1.
(informal) the practice of referring frequently to famous or fashionable people, esp as though they were intimate friends, in order to impress others
Derived Forms
name-dropper, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for name-dropping

name-dropping

noun

The practice of a ''name-dropper'' (1949+)


name-drop

verb

To mention the names of important persons as if they were friends and associates

[1955+; back formation fr name-dropper]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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