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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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Boastfulness and irony are the two modalities that set the tone for the meaningful echoing 'ha ha ha' of Dasein.
Derrida, in his interpretation, shifts the valence from the shame in the Kafka story, the shame involved in being ridiculous, and places it on the potential boastfulness and arrogance at stake in assuming that one is in fact chosen.
Hayward (2007) notes that striving, achieving leaders and managers often show four faults that can lead to leadership failure: (a) excessive pride and boastfulness, (b) failure to listen to people who are warning you that you are wrong, (c) failing to get feedback about the outcome of your programs, and (d) not planning for problems in advance.
In many ways believed to be representative of the new republic's paradoxical essence, it was--as bears repeating--an era of territorial expansion, rapid population growth, technological advances, burgeoning cities, market revolution, mass communication, rampant individualism, entrepreneurial spirit, laissez-faire, phrenology, optimism, boastfulness, economic boom-and-bust, a civil war, struggle for women's suffrage, temperance, emergence of both a popular culture and a national (imperialist, as we have been self-flagellatingly advised to call it today) literature.
I feel that I can say this without being accused of undue boastfulness, for it is a simple fact.
Her observation that the Arabian tongue "is ill-fitted for the expression of gentle thoughts" is contradicted by Abdoul's eloquence when, recounting the glories of his clan, he displays "the boastfulness peculiar to his race" (160, 163).
Without exaggerated boastfulness, the Portuguese managed to bring the Intergovernmental Conference to conclusion and to get the Treaty of Lisbon signed.
There is no boastfulness about what he says in respect of that success: "I felt it was the most normal thing in the whole world", the comment of a man who would succeed in two Masters (1980 & 1983) and three Open Championships (1979, 1984 & 1988).
An arrogant boastfulness whose grasp will fall far short of its reach?
His boastfulness before the Earth Spirit prepares us for the temporally enlivened drama that is to ensue.
While this paper would not deny the therapeutic role of comedy either in the lives of men traumatized by horror or of readers seeking pleasure, my central claim is that, for both writers, comedy--by connecting us to the concrete, by puncturing the boastfulness of more comprehensive claims, by celebrating the diminutive in a precarious world--allows us to achieve, in Conrad's words, "that glimpse of truth for which [we] have forgotten to ask" (Nigger xiv).
And pride should not be confused with shallowness or boastfulness.
This time it is not a victory but rather boastfulness, and not of provocation but rather of insinuation.
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.