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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 the getting promotion, but the boss hasn't officially awarded it yet.
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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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nothing to boast about

not worth bragging about; mediocre. In high school, my grades were acceptable, but they were nothing to boast about. Jill: Does this town have a good library? Nancy: It's nothing to boast about.
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Vaccination schedule they followed was; ND vaccine at 4th day, IBD vaccine at 5th day, boaster of ND at 13th day, vaccination against HPS at 18th day.
Dasein is the most preposterous boaster because it claims Self-understanding only through and within itself since it interprets itself as 'an understanding potentiality-for Being [Seinkonnen], which in its Being, makes an issue of that Being itself (SZ 231).
The Boogie-Woogie Boaster, as he was known, has long since disappeared, but the pianist's conversation is peppered with boastful anecdotes and tall stories.
He mounts and begins to ride out of town, when suddenly Hunt Bromley, the young town boaster eager to make a reputation for himself, emerges from behind a tree his guns poised.
Thus the name Fadl Fakhouri suggests indeed an allegory of the religious conflict of the war, and, as a historian, his name calls him a boaster of a storyteller, someone fairly uncommitted to objective history as it really was.
We see (Ahlers) above all as a boaster who pretended to be much more important than he really was.
High orb'd amidst the realms of endless light: The haughty boaster sinks beneath her feet, Where vaunting tyrants & oppressors meet.
A clever, passionate, talent- ed man if you believed in him, but a bookish boaster, lecher, snob, ham actor and so forth if you did- n't.
The Norwegian Trygve Lie, the first United Nations General Secretary, proved an inept leader, but a great boaster.
Morrheus's king, Deriades, is an extravagant boaster, vowing to kill the sons of Zeus (27.
All's Well That Ends Well, in turn, begins by inverting the New Comedic paradigm in which a father opposes the marriage of his son to a lower-class girl, then reconfigures the rhetorical swagger of the Roman boaster into Bertram's subtler values and actions, and ends by blending a Plautine recognition with the sin / repentance / forgiveness paradigm of Renaissance drama.
He says of the boaster that `he who claims more than he has with no ulterior object is a contemptible sort of fellow (otherwise he would not have delighted in falsehood), but seems futile rather than bad'.
I was at one time absolutely overwhelmed" with cryptographic submissions, Poe wrote to John Tomlin in August 1843; "I had either to devote my whole time to the solutions, or the correspondents would suppose me a mere boaster, incapable of fulfilling my promises.
If there is no solution to this difficulty that is acceptable in principle to both scientists and citizens of the divine city, the political scientist would be revealed to be a boaster whose putatively rational findings rest on a nonrational belief in the power of reason.
In this play, which chronicles the search of Cambridge graduates for preferment, the extravagant boaster Gullio plans to woo his mistress in ~pure Shakespeare': ~sicke thoughted Gullio makes a maine unto thee, & like a bould faced sutore gins to woo thee'.