Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle name-dropping
, past tense, past participle name-dropped
If you say that someone name-drops, you disapprove of them referring to famous people they have met in order to impress people. [disapproval]
[V n] ⇒ The assistant carried on talking to his mate, name-dropping all the famous riders
[V] ⇒ I must stop saying everyone famous is a good friend. It sounds as if I'm name-dropping.
name-dropperWord forms: plural name-droppers countable noun
⇒ Press agents are notorious name-droppers.
[+ with] ⇒ One can do a lot of name-dropping with names of the school's parents. President Nixon
sent his daughters there.
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