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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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The most severe critic of American manners, Frances Trollope, bashed American boastfulness, (47) while Hungarian-born Ferencz and Theresa Pulszky, for example, tried to justify it by stating that "many of the citizens of the United States really believe that they have already attained the perfection at which they aim.
His acute eye and ear for bombast, dishonesty, boastfulness and the meretricious wherever it appears, results in a brutally honest description of twentieth-century architects and the way in which, almost invariably, their desire to build outweighs most other considerations.
Bain-Selbo places humility between boastfulness and meekness, and between egotism and low self-esteem; charity between uncriticalness and stubbornness, and prodigality and stinginess; and finally, courage between timidity and dogmatism, and self-abnegation and self-glorification.
The index lists individual character flaws: anger, austerity, boastfulness, callousness, conservatism, detachment, didacticism, egotism, exaggeration, fearful[ness], fecundity, flamboyance, grandiosity, humourless[ness], isolation, liar, megalomania, misanthropy, obstinacy, pretentiousness, pride, self-praise, self-righteousness, [and] a show-off, among others.
But then, as we pass each other, the woman's eyes meet mine, and in hers I believe I see a look of defiance, boastfulness almost.
They were thought," noted Arnold Lewis, "to exhibit instability, emotionalism, laziness, boastfulness, inclination to violence, uncontrolled temper, superstitiousness, childishness, and lack of cleanliness.
Hamill provides an introduction that is nonpareil for sheer boastfulness.
28) Perhaps he intended his hero to show a becoming modesty in speaking of his feats in his old age, to contrast with his boastfulness in youth.
Thinking with their mouth, tactlessness and boastfulness tends to upset others.
RUUD VAN NISTELROOY and Frank Lampard are determined to ensure Arsenal finish the season with nothing to show for their boastfulness.
But then at least a potential space may begin to open up, for the Honesty preached by Jesus to re-emerge--as it were, from under the old concealment of the church's boastfulness.
The Kasb condemns "wastefulness, extravagance, haughtiness, boastfulness, and competitive accumulation" (al-israf wal-saraf wal-makhila wal-tafakhur wal-takathur).
A sense of inferiority, whether justified or not, leads to boastfulness.
Rarely has the concept been cast in a favorable light, frequently being related to conceit, arrogance, boastfulness, haughtiness, and priggishness (Chakrabarti 1992).