bragging rights


Definition of bragging rights 

: entitlement to boast about something

Examples of bragging rights in a Sentence

She earned bragging rights for completing the project on time.

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While the significance of Emmy Awards is somewhat limited to bragging rights and scoring points with the creative community, the end of HBO’s streak comes at a pivotal time in the programmer’s history. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "Netflix Topples HBO in Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Last year's Old Oaken Bucket Game was for more than bragging rights. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 The hill in Price County is worth visiting for bragging rights of having been to Wisconsin's highest point. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 The island city-state earns bragging rights with enviably low scores in domestic and international conflict, plus societal safety. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Safest Countries in the World," 5 July 2018 Thus, setting up the title, leadership and bragging rights matchup at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Kenny Omega, Cody talk NJPW G1 Special, which follows Bullet Club TV marathon," 2 July 2018 The game was purely for bragging rights and who snagged all the cool stuff afterwards like trophies and a banner because the two teams had snared the tournament’s two Coast Region Tournament berths on Saturday. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mustang all-stars lose Section title to Huntsville," 1 July 2018 Brandon Gay can install a water heater in about 8 seconds — a feat that earned him bragging rights as the fastest maintenance technician in the country. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Orange County repair technician installs water heater in 8 seconds, wins 'Maintenance Mania' competition," 22 June 2018 Those bragging rights go to Detroit, followed by Flint, Michigan, St. Louis, Memphis and Cleveland. Johnny Diaz,, "Three South Florida cities rank among the worst to live in," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of bragging rights

1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bragging rights

: a good reason to talk with pride about something you have done

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