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name–dropping

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noun name–drop·ping \-ˌdrä-piŋ\

Simple Definition of name–dropping

  • : the act of trying to impress someone by saying the names of well-known people that you know or have met

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of name–dropping

  1. :  the studied but seemingly casual mention of prominent persons as associates done to impress others

name–drop play \-ˌdräp\ intransitive verb
name–dropper play \ˌdrä-pər\ noun

1950

First Known Use of name–dropping

1950


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