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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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bragging rights was in 1954

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“Bragging rights.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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