blow (one's) own horn

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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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And if it sounds like we're blowing our own horn, we'll admit to feeling proud of our track record--such longevity is relatively rare among "niche" publications like GUN DOG, so yes, we are mighty happy--and proud--to be here.
FROM THE BLOWING OUR OWN HORN department comes news that an article in the July 2006 issue of University Business won an award from the Association of Marketing Communication Professionals.
"Without blowing our own horn, people are starting to take us seriously."
Okay, so we're blowing our own horn here, just a little: Gardner Publications, Inc.
But as Jacobs points out, we are actively discouraged from "blowing our own horn." Years ago this was said to me, when I pointed out my annoyance at the protracted lack of recognition, despite repeated significant achievements.
"I know that sounds like we're just blowing our own horn," he said, "but Tandem Brick really is a good example of something that's becoming more difficult to find--a relatively small, independently owned business that is successful primarily because of the kind of service we provide."
However, at the risk of blowing our own horn, I'd recommend the following reading: Black Enterprise Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Wendy Beech (John Wiley & Sons, $19.95), which explains how to start, and successfully run, a small business and what qualities an entrepreneur must have to be successful.