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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

name′-drop`ping(n.)

  1. the mention of famous or important people as friends or associates in order to impress others.

Origin of name-dropping:

1945–50

name′-drop`per(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. name-dropping(noun)

    the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener

    "the hard thing about name-dropping is to avoid being too obvious about it"

Wiktionary

  1. name-dropping(Noun)

    The practice of casually mentioning famous or important people or the titles of their works, often subtly implying familiarity or association, in order to impress others.

Freebase

  1. Name-dropping

    Name-dropping is the practice of mentioning important people or institutions within a conversation, story, song, online identity, or other communication. The term often connotes an attempt to impress others; it is usually regarded negatively, and under certain circumstances may constitute a breach of professional ethics. When used as part of a logical argument it can be an example of the false authority fallacy. A shout-out is a type of name-dropping where a list of names is spoken out expressly to direct attention at these groups or individuals, often as a means of expressing kudos or making a referral.

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