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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 horn

 and 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 horn

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 horn

talk boastfully about yourself or your achievements. North American
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blow one’s own horn

and 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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The lyrics to the rhyme are said to be taunting him over losing his property and no longer being able to blow his own horn.
This will delight his many admirers who know that any and everybody in the late 20th century knows about Robert Evans because (1) He managed to blow his own horn. (2) He was so generous and charming that his fame became everlasting.
A more seasoned attorney would not blow his own horn and certainly wouldn't publicly denigrate a senator by implying that he is not qualified on the subject because he is not a lawyer.
He does little to "blow his own horn" on the work he did in support of flight testing at Edwards AFB, California, and one gets the mistaken impression of a lightweight in the flight-test community, relegated to flying aircraft that were not the most glamorous--or merely chasing the ones that were.
Why did Jerome persistently blow his own horn even to the point of distorting historical reality?
Betty Blue losing her shoe, who kept looking for her matching two and always rebelled against 'm/other's right' telling her 'what she should do.' But Little Boy Blue was too fast asleep, hero-in dreams, to blow his own horn. The chlorine of borrowed swimming pools and the cobalt of first paints and the sulphuric acid that lifted my spirits whenever I saw its grains in a tube.
I also like the fact that Henderson doesn't just blow his own horn. Throughout the book, he quotes everyone from veteran newswoman Linda Ellerbee to C-SPAN's Steve Scully.