name-dropping

 /ˈneɪmˈdrɒpɪŋ/

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
name-drop•ping  (nāmdrop′ing), 
n. 
  1. the introduction into one's conversation, letters, etc., of the names of famous or important people as alleged friends or associates in order to impress others.
Etymology:1945–50


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

name-dropping n
  1. informal the practice of referring frequently to famous or fashionable people, esp as though they were intimate friends, in order to impress others



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