Definition of name-dropping in US English:



  • The practice of casually mentioning the names of famous people one knows or claims to know in order to impress others.

    • ‘It was also the ancient world equivalent of name-dropping designed to differentiate him from the rest of the philosopher herd affected by divine radiation.’
    • ‘The book is also full of name-dropping (notably of rather unnotable people) and worst of all - she tries to have it both ways - revelling in scandalous anecdotes yet claiming she remained ‘above it all’.’
    • ‘The little midfielder, now 34 and hoping to fan the embers of his career with Dundee United, certainly cannot be accused of name-dropping.’
    • ‘Yes, but they have their good qualities, such as free advertising and name-dropping.’
    • ‘The name-dropping rolls off the tongue so glibly that sometimes you wonder if those genuflecting have actually listened to the music or are simply reading from an approved checklist of the super-cool.’
    • ‘The level of name-dropping is usually abysmal.’
    • ‘She is all for name-dropping but, despite more than 50 years in the industry and her unmistakably diva-ish carriage, she has nothing bad to say about anyone.’
    • ‘It's just a bunch of pretentious name-dropping to make people think they're good via their influences.’
    • ‘That wasn't at all an example of pretentious musical name-dropping, was it?’
    • ‘One does find, however, an apparent inability to review a disc without name-dropping, so as to appear a well-rounded and knowledgeable music critic, a man with an opinion worth valuing.’
    • ‘This safely protects me from name-dropping, or even dropping-dropping, because the place was quite immaculate.’
    • ‘And I would say I'm guilty of the same name-dropping and ‘guess where I've been and what cool people I'm hanging out with’ blogging.’
    • ‘The name-dropping in the last two paragraphs isn't so important.’
    • ‘The search for influences quickly degenerates into meaningless name-dropping.’
    • ‘Certainly you can't underestimate the good done by his championing of obscure bands to a wide audience, even if the way he did it smacked of name-dropping.’
    • ‘Excuse our name-dropping, but we just need to tell you.’
    • ‘The properties have certainly been designed with the chattering classes in mind - practically every single room in every property is an exercise in name-dropping.’
    • ‘No name-dropping, no technical language and don't expect the discussion to result in anything so banal as a conclusion.’
    • ‘Harvey is given to name-dropping, idealistic stream of consciousness rambles, sentence fragments and gushing enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Thankfully I wasn't blogging then, because apart from a bit of name-dropping that I need to add on to my CV, they're not jobs that I want to remember that much.’



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