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.
Origin of name-dropping
First recorded in 1945–50
verb (used without object), name-dropped, name-drop·ping.
to indulge in name-dropping.
Origin of name-drop
First recorded in 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for name-dropping
Contemporary Examples of name-dropping
The former Secretary of State popped in while host Stephen Colbert was taking her to task for name-dropping in the book.Viral Video of the Day: Hillary Clinton Name-Drops on ‘Colbert’
August 6, 2014
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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