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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.
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.
to do something to attract attention to yourself He shows off all the time, and you wonder if he's ever just a regular, real person.
show off somethingalso show something off
to cause something to be seen and admired The ballet music gives the Kirov's male dancers a chance to show off their astonishing leaps. She was wearing a deep-purple dress that showed off her slim figure. Oscar was so proud of the car that he couldn't wait to get to school to show it 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]
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.