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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To mention casually the names of famous or important people to create the impression that one is familiar with them in an attempt to impress or influence others.

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  • verb To casually mention a well-known or illustrious person or the titles of their works, often implying familiarity or association, especially in order to impress others, increase one's status, or to appear knowledgeable or fashionable.

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