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boast about (someone or something)

To speak proudly of someone or something, perhaps to an excessive or unwarranted degree. You're my daughter, and you have such good grades—of course I'm going to boast about you! He keeps boasting about his heroic actions, but he really didn't have that big of a role in the rescue efforts. Jim is boasting about the getting promotion, but the boss hasn't officially awarded it yet.
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boast about someone or something

 and boast of someone or something
to speak highly about someone or something that one is proud of. I just have to boast about my grandchildren. Do you mind? Is he boasting about his car again? I don't like to boast of what I did.
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nothing to boast about

not worth bragging about; mediocre. In high school, my grades were acceptable, but they were nothing to boast about. Jill: Does this town have a good library? Nancy: It's nothing to boast about.
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My thousand letters that she so carefully preserved, always sleeping with the last beneath the sheet, where one was found when she died - they are the only writing of mine of which I shall ever boast.
While other towns boast of the magnificence of their arsenals and dock-yards, and the splendour of their shops and markets, Haarlem's claims to fame rest upon her superiority to all other provincial cities in the number and beauty of her spreading elms, graceful poplars, and, more than all, upon her pleasant walks, shaded by the lovely arches of magnificent oaks, lindens, and chestnuts.
And yet, if the truth must be told, this wretch, who had stolen what was the boast of man, and the dowry of a woman, did not consider himself as a thief.
men, whose very signs and expressions are less intelligible to us than those of the domesticated animals; men, who do not possess the instinct of those animals, nor yet appear to boast of human reason, or at least of arts consequent on that reason.
How is it, though you boast of your straightforwardness, you don't tell the truth?
I never boast, and I never tell lies," he said slowly, restraining his rising anger.
The Anglo-American is apt to boast, and not without reason, that his nation may claim a descent more truly honourable than that of any other people whose history is to be credited.
Paul, when he boasts of himself, he doth oft interlace, I speak like a fool; but speaking of his calling, he saith, magnificabo apostolatum meum.
The seminar will be presented by Alex Popa, Partner at Boast Capital, and Paul Cataford, Associate Partner at Espresso Capital, a SR&ED financing firm and CEO of Zephyr Sleep Technologies, a medical devices company.
Despite the frantic efforts of his boyfriend and two accident and emergency nurses, who were also on holiday with them, PC Boast could not be revived and was pronounced dead in hospital during the early hours of June 18 last year.
Chief Supt Josh Jones of South Wales Police said Pc Boast, a member of a neighbourhood policing team in Cardiff, was "a credit to the force".
Engel also improved its Engel Duo Advanced series of large two-platen presses with new clamps that boast 15% higher rigidity and lower weight, plus a new tiebar locking mechanism that cuts dry-cycle times by 5% to 10%.
It went on to boast how the fat and calorie content of its biscuits were lower than competitors' products and showed comparisons.
The Royal Residence boasts two such bathrooms and a formal dining area to host private dinner parties, prepared by the executive chef and served in the suite for business or pleasure.
Attendees at AMERICAN FORESTS' National Urban Forest Conference may want to find time to explore some of region's vast attractions, In addition to historic missions and cultural sites, the San Antonio region boasts a wealth of natural areas with an incredible array of floral and faunal diversity.