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- (transitive, idiomatic) To exhibit the best attributes of something.
- Grocery stores show off their produce by placing the most attractive specimens in front.
- (transitive and intransitive, idiomatic) To attract attention to for the purpose of bragging or personal exhibitionism; to demonstrate a skill, talent or property for the purpose of bragging or personal exhibitionism.
- She loves to show off her driving prowess.
- She loves to show off when she gets behind the wheel of a car.
- 2014 June 29, Adam Sherwin, “UK cinemas ban Google glasses over piracy risk”, in The Independent:
- If you've just acquired a Google Glass headset for £1,000, don't show it off at the movies. UK cinemas are to ban the headsets over fears that the gadgets can be used to make pirate copies of Hollywood blockbusters.
- 2022 September 7, “Network News: High-speed car crash blocks Tube Line”, in RAIL, number 965, page 23:
- She told the press that the group had been for an evening out and that the driver has been showing off by driving fast.
- parade (esp. in procession)
to exhibit, to demonstrate something for the purpose of bragging
- Alternative form of