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[neym-drop-er] /ˈneɪmˌdrɒp ər/

a person who indulges in name-dropping.


A person who ostentatiously mentions the names of important people as if they were friends and associates: Well, she may know Barbra Streisand, or she may just be a name-dropper (1947+)


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