show off

verb
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously (Freq. 4)
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he showed off his new sports car

Syn: ↑flaunt, ↑flash, ↑ostentate, ↑swank
Derivationally related forms: ↑ostentation (for: ↑ostentate), ↑show-off, ↑flaunt (for: ↑flaunt)
Hypernyms: ↑expose, ↑exhibit, ↑display
Hyponyms: ↑flex, ↑splurge
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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informal make a deliberate or pretentious display of one's abilities or accomplishments

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show off [phrasal verb]
informal
1 disapproving : to try to impress someone with your abilities or possessions

The boys were showing off in front of the girls.

Stop trying to show off.

2 show off (someone or something) or show (someone or something) off : to cause (someone or something that you are proud of) to be seen or noticed by a lot of people

She showed her baby off at the office.

He drove around town, showing off his new car.

3 show off (something) or show (something) off : to make (something) very noticeable

She wears tight clothes that show off her figure.

— see also show-off
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Main Entry:show

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ˌshow ˈoff derived
(informal, disapproving) to try to impress others by talking about your abilities, possessions, etc

He's just showing off because that girl he likes is here.

related noun show-off
Main entry:showderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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