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name-dropping

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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

ˈname-ˌdropper noun

name-drop (ˈneɪmˌdrɒp) 

Definitions

intransitive verb

  1. to refer frequently to famous or fashionable people, esp as though they were intimate friends, in order to impress others   ⇒ I must stop saying everyone famous is a good friend. It sounds as if I'm name-dropping.

transitive verb

  1. to mention the name of (a famous or fashionable people) in order to impress others   ⇒ The assistant carried on talking to his mate, name-dropping all the famous riders he knew.

Example Sentences Including 'name-dropping'

The evening had started promisingly with a little light literary name-dropping.
Will Buckley THE MAN WHO HATED FOOTBALL (2004)
The problem is name-dropping is one thing and making the leap to a handshake is another, as Lowe is finding out.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
To be fair, a stronger production might make the name-dropping seem more charming and less forced.
Globe and Mail (2003)

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