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boast about (someone or something)

To speak proudly of someone or something, perhaps to an excessive or unwarranted degree. You're my daughter, and you have such good grades—of course I'm going to boast about you! He keeps boasting about his heroic actions, but he really didn't have that big of a role in the rescue efforts. Jim is boasting about getting the promotion, but the boss hasn't officially awarded it yet.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

boast about someone or something

 and boast of someone or something
to speak highly about someone or something that one is proud of. I just have to boast about my grandchildren. Do you mind? Is he boasting about his car again? I don't like to boast of what I did.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw, and gave her a spinning-wheel, and said, 'All this must be spun into gold before morning, as you love your life.' It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father, for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked, and she was left alone.
Make no banaar's boast of skill; Hold thy peace above the kill.
While other towns boast of the magnificence of their arsenals and dock-yards, and the splendour of their shops and markets, Haarlem's claims to fame rest upon her superiority to all other provincial cities in the number and beauty of her spreading elms, graceful poplars, and, more than all, upon her pleasant walks, shaded by the lovely arches of magnificent oaks, lindens, and chestnuts.
And yet, if the truth must be told, this wretch, who had stolen what was the boast of man, and the dowry of a woman, did not consider himself as a thief.
A shipowner loves a profitable ship; the seaman is proud of her; a doubt of her good looks seldom exists in his mind; but if he can boast of her more useful qualities it is an added satisfaction for his self-love.
Lava had said that they would announce a tablet that would boast of 3G calling.
We have seen the launch of a few tablets that boast of the ability to make calls.
But he continued to boast of Saddam's imminent victory as American artillery rounds reverberated around Baghdad.
This is true -- just as it is true that Benedict Arnold could boast of a strong pro-independence record when he wrote to John Andre, chief of staff to British General Sir Henry Clinton, offering to betray West Point.
In all nine examples the lineage is described from the top down: for the two examples involving divinities the two speakers are children of Kronos and so simply make up the second generation; the seven heroes who boast of their ancestry, both divine and human, belong to the eighth, sixth, fifth, fourth, fourth, third, and second generations.
That Asteropaios' death at Achilles' hands follows hard on his boast of his potamic ancestry is to be expected, given the two heroes' respective reputations.
Both the devices boast of a slim and small form factor and pack in quite a punch under the hood.
A court in Oradea, northern Romania, convicted Boast of stealing two children from local hospitals to be adopted by British families.