name-dropping

name-dropping
name′-drop`ping
n.
the mention of famous or important people as friends or associates in order to impress others
Etymology: 1945–50 name′-drop`, v.i. -dropped, -drop•ping. name′-drop`per, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • name-dropping — ► NOUN ▪ the casual mention of famous people as if one knows them, so as to impress …   English terms dictionary

  • Name dropping — Le name dropping est une figure de style qui consiste à citer des noms connus, notamment des noms de personnes, d institution ou de marques commerciales. Ce procédé a souvent une connotation péjorative ou sarcastique car il est perçu comme la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • name-dropping — noun the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener the hard thing about name dropping is to avoid being too obvious about it • Hypernyms: ↑mention, ↑reference * * * ˈname dropping noun …   Useful english dictionary

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  • name-dropping — UK / US noun [uncountable] the act of mentioning famous people who you know or claim to know in order to impress other people Derived words: name drop verb intransitive Word forms name drop : present tense I/you/we/they name drop he/she/it name… …   English dictionary

  • name-dropping — name ,drop|ping noun uncount the act of mentioning famous people you know or claim to know in order to impress other people ╾ ,name drop verb intransitive ╾ ,name dropper noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • name-dropping — noun Date: 1950 the practice of seeking to impress others by studied but apparently casual mention of prominent persons as associates • name drop intransitive verb • name dropper noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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