name–dropping

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noun name–drop·ping \ˈnām-ˌdrä-piŋ\

Definition of name–dropping

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

name–drop

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name–dropper

play \ˈnām-ˌdrä-pər\ noun

1945

First Known Use of name–dropping

1945


NAME–DROPPING Defined for English Language Learners

name-dropping

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Definition of name–dropping for English Language Learners

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


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