Definitions for name-dropping
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the mention of famous or important people as friends or associates in order to impress others.
Origin of name-dropping:
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"
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.
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