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name-droppingnoun [U]

uk   /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp.ɪŋ/ us   /ˈneɪmˌdrɑː.pɪŋ/ disapproving
the act of talking about famous people 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   /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp/ us   /ˈneɪmˌdrɑːp/
name-dropper
noun [C] uk   /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp.ər/ us   /ˈneɪmˌdrɑː.pɚ/
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name-droppingnoun [U]

us   /ˈneɪm ˌdrɑp·ɪŋ/
disapproving the habit of mentioning the names of famous or important people 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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