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intr.v. name-dropped, name-drop·ping, name-drops
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.

name′-drop′per n.
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[ˈneɪmˌdrɒpəʳ] N he's a name-droppersiempre está mencionando a la gente importante que conoce
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