name-dropping

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name-dropping (countable and uncountable, plural name-droppings)

  1. The practice of casually mentioning famous or important people or the titles of their works, subtly implying familiarity or association, in order to impress others.
    • 1997, Chris Chase, Name Dropping, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN), page 14:
      “The one thing I don't want anybody to do, the one thing I will not tolerate, is name-dropping. It's bad. Marlon Brando told me that.”

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name-dropping

  1. present participle of name-drop
    Our drama teacher is always name-dropping, but I bet she's never even been to New York.