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name-droppingnoun [U]

uk   /ˈneɪm.drɒp.ɪŋ/  us   /-drɑː.pɪŋ/ disapproving
the ​act of ​talking about ​famouspeople that you have ​met, often ​pretending that you ​know them ​better than you really do, in ​order to ​appear more ​important and ​special: Her ​constant name-dropping is very ​irritating.
name-drop
verb [I] uk   us  
name-dropper
noun [C] uk   /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp.ər/  us   /-drɑː.pɚ/
(Definition of name-dropping from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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name-droppingnoun [U]

 us   /ˈneɪm ˌdrɑp·ɪŋ/
disapproving the ​habit of ​mentioning the ​names of ​famous or ​importantpeople that you ​know or ​pretend to ​know, in ​order to make yourself ​seem more ​important
(Definition of name-dropping from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “name-dropping”
in Chinese (Simplified) 提及相识的名人以抬高身价…
in Chinese (Traditional) 提及相識的名人以抬高身價…
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