To show off

to exhibit ostentatiously.
to make a show; to display one's self.

See also: Show, Show

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Steward expected something of him, wanted him to show off. And it was not because of the showing off that he was eager, but because of his love for Steward.
I've had the boys practicing this long time, privately; and just hungry for a chance to show off."
I wrote it thinking it would sound very witty; but now that I have seen myself that I only wanted to show off in a despicable way--I will not scratch it out on purpose!) When petitioners used to come for information to the table at which I sat, I used to grind my teeth at them, and felt intense enjoyment when I succeeded in making anybody unhappy.
The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off--and they are nearly always doing it.
He was just enough civilized to show off his outlandishness in the strangest possible manner.
We stood about fifteen and a half hands high; we were therefore just as good for riding as we were for driving, and our master used to say that he disliked either horse or man that could do but one thing; and as he did not want to show off in London parks, he preferred a more active and useful kind of horse.
He did not care about his soldiers, he did not care about the theatre; he only liked to go out walking to show off his new clothes.
It was evident that, having devoted a great deal of trouble to improve and beautify his home, Vronsky felt a need to show off the improvements to a new person, and was genuinely delighted at Darya Alexandrovna's praise.
It's nice to have accomplishments and be elegant, but not to show off or get perked up," said Amy thoughtfully.
Alongside that, we do hope that they have some more insane television technology to show off, like a transparent OLED.
"When Paul was young he was the same - he liked to show off a little bit but he's a very nice guy.
The Italian label has made millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) its target market and used several of the generation's more prominent members to show off its latest creations at Milan Men's Fashion Week.