blow (one's) own horn(redirected from blew their own horns)
blow (one's) own horn
To boast or brag about one's own abilities, skills, success, achievements, etc. I don't mean to blow my own horn, but this pasta sauce I made is quite delicious! I can't stand being around Marcus ever since his company became such a massive success. The guy just can't stop blowing his own horn!
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blow one's own hornand toot one's own horn
Fig. to brag. Gary sure likes to toot his own horn. "I hate to blow my own horn," said Bill, "but I am always right."
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blow one's own horn
Also, blow one's trumpet. Brag about oneself, as in Within two minutes of meeting someone new, Bill was blowing his own horn. [Late 1500s]
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blow your own hornAMERICAN
If you blow your own horn, you tell people good things about yourself. I don't go around blowing my own horn, it's true. Note: The usual British expression is blow your own trumpet. Note: In the past, the arrival of important people in a place was announced by the playing of trumpets.
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blow (or toot) your own horntalk boastfully about yourself or your achievements. North American
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blow one’s own hornand toot one’s own horn
tv. to brag. Gary sure likes to toot his own horn. Say something nice. I’m not one to blow my own horn.
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blow one's own horn/trumpet, to
To brag about one’s own accomplishments or ability, to promote oneself. The term originated in Roman times, and was translated into English early on. “I will sound the trumpet of mine own merits,” wrote Abraham Fleming in 1576. It was a cliché by the mid-nineteenth century, according to Eric Partridge, and gave rise to one of W. S. Gilbert’s numerous puns (“The fellow is blowing his own strumpet,” he said of a manager who was bragging about his actress-mistress).
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