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name-dropping

[neym-drop-ing]
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noun
  1. the introduction into one's conversation, letters, etc., of the names of famous or important people as alleged friends or associates in order to impress others.
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Origin of name-dropping

First recorded in 1945–50

name-drop

[neym-drop]
verb (used without object), name-dropped, name-drop·ping.
  1. to indulge in name-dropping.
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Origin of name-drop

First recorded in 1950–55
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name-dropping

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
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Derived Formsname-dropper, noun
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