Definition of show someone/something off in English:

show someone/something off

phrasal verb

  • Display someone or something that is a source of pride.

    ‘his jeans were tight-fitting, showing off his compact figure’
    • ‘Why not show it off to a wider audience and take pride in our achievements.’
    • ‘For the first time ever I have a flat tummy - and I can't stop showing it off.’
    • ‘Make sure it's clear that you're showing your bra off, rather than accidentally allowing an underwear item to show through.’
    • ‘Afterwards everyone shows off their bruises like trophies.’
    • ‘He tries to share with her all his achievements and shows off his accomplishments and acquisitions.’
    • ‘‘I'm beginning to feel like a monument,’ she says as yet another guide shows her off to a group of rather bemused Japanese tourists.’
    • ‘With all the excitable glee of a slightly gawky teenager, she waves the bouquet above her head, showing it off to the rest of us like a trophy, the years visibly slipping away.’
    • ‘If everything went according to plan, I'd be showing him off to all my college friends in Boston.’
    • ‘We'll find out on July 12 when my daughter shows off her skills on national television.’
    • ‘Whoever has taken it may be showing it off as a kind of trophy.’
    • ‘In what is essentially a string of anecdotes and one-liners, Waterhouse shows off his knowledge of Soho history and myth.’
    • ‘Teresa, another resident, readily recounts her experience of childhood sexual abuse, and shows off her new hairstyle.’
    • ‘But now it's the pride of our collection at Wythenshawe Hall and we look forward to showing it off when the hall re-opens to the public next Easter.’
    • ‘A display rack shows off plates and teapots to advantage.’
    • ‘Later, on the front porch, he shows off his skills at stabbing a pumpkin.’
    • ‘I felt like showing my money off, spending it on things that would prove to others how rich and strong I am.’
    • ‘At the end of the week the children will show off their new skills with a display of their work.’
    • ‘Look after your mobile phone by keeping it out of sight and don't wander down the street showing it off.’
    • ‘It also shows off the considerable dramatic abilities of the National's principal dancers.’
    • ‘They took the triplets into school and Megan enjoyed showing them off to her pals.’
    display, show to advantage, exhibit, demonstrate
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