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show (someone or something) off

To display a person, thing, or ability of which one is very proud, often as a means of seeking attention. The couple has been going around to friends and family members showing off their new baby girl. I've lost a lot of weight over the winter, and I'm looking forward to showing my new body off at the beach this summer. My dad never misses an opportunity to show off his skills on the piano.
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show off

To act in a conspicuously ostentatious or showy manner in order to gain the attention of others. Our son always likes to show off when we have guests over. She has a tendency to show off whenever the teacher comes around.
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show someone or something off

to display someone or something so that the best features are apparent. Bill drove around all afternoon showing his new car off. Mrs. Williams was showing off her baby to the neighbors.
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show off

to do things in a way that is meant to attract attention. Please stop showing off! You embarrass me. John is always showing off to his girlfriend.
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show off

Display in an ostentatious, conspicuous way; also, seek attention by displaying one's accomplishments, abilities, or possessions. For example, I'm wearing shorts to show off my Florida tan, or Karen loved showing off her new baby to her friends, or There's no need to show off, Fred; we all know you're a good dancer. [Early 1800s]
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show off

v.
1. To display one's ability, beauty, or status in a showy way, so as to attract attention and impress others: The students were doing handstands to show off for the coaches.
2. To display some possession or attribute in a showy way, so as to attract attention and impress others: I wore tight clothing to show off my figure. They are very wealthy, and they show it off with expensive cars.
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