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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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not much to boast about

1. adjective Not especially impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy; rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. It gets good reviews, but the new sushi restaurant in town is really not much to boast about. His performance has so far been not much to boast about. To be honest, we were expecting much more out of him when we recruited him.
2. noun Not very much that is impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy. There's not much to boast about in this town, to be honest. We've got a couple of crummy strip malls and a rundown movie theater, and that's about it. I've been looking through your portfolio, but so far, I haven't seen much to boast about.
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not anything to boast about

1. adjective Not especially impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy; rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. The new sushi restaurant in town gets good reviews, but it isn't anything to boast about in my opinion. His performance hasn't been anything to boast about so far. To be honest, we were expecting much more out of him when we recruited him.
2. noun Nothing impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy. There's not really anything to boast about in this town, honestly. We've got a couple of crummy strip malls and a rundown movie theater, and that's about it. I've been looking through your portfolio, but so far, I haven't seen anything to boast about.
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nothing to boast about

1. adjective Not especially impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy; rather dull, mediocre, uninteresting, or unimportant. It gets good reviews, but the new sushi restaurant in town is really nothing to boast about. His performance has so far been nothing to boast about. To be honest, we were expecting much more out of him when we recruited him.
2. noun Nothing impressive, remarkable, or noteworthy. There's nothing to boast about in this town, to be honest. We've got a couple of crummy strip malls and a rundown movie theater, and that's about it. I've been looking through your portfolio, but so far, I have seen nothing to boast about.
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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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Boastful and Radio Gaga, both of whom have won Listed events and been placed at Group 3 level, are the visitors today.
"It's like getting three Michelin stars all at once and, without wishing to sound boastful, I have to say we've worked really hard for it.
YORK: 2.05 Miss You Too, 2.35 Boastful, 3.10 The Sixties, 3.45 The Fun Crusher, 4.20 Ancient Cross, 4.55 Dubai Prince, 5.30 Dutch Rose.
APML Secretary General said Pakistanis are boastful that a military like Pak-Force is deputed to guard the borders of the country and the strength of Pakistan allies with Pak-Force that has been sacrificing for this homeland at every front.
KEY PLAYERS: "Paul Harrison our goalkeeper is always key for us, as is Steve Evans in defence, and Steve Abbott, the lad we've got on loan from Wrexham, will be important up front for us." TITLE PREDICTION: "I'd back ourselves - I think we've got a strong squad than last season, and without trying to be boastful I think we've got every chance."
Buddies' victory, inspired by boastful comments from the home side, sets up a dramatic final day in which three teams can still go down.
1 : not overly proud or confident : not boastful <Though a champion, he was a modest winner.>
There followed a lot of boastful, foolish talk about us being in their backyard and kicking over their barbecue, and similar moronic metaphors.
Any religion that is proud of its virtue, like the boastful Pharisee.
Among their other adventures, the children encounter a cowardly dragon, a boastful Sir Lancelot and a bold Sir Galahad.
This one-time miner dressed in outlandish Scots garb to sing romantic, wistful, and boastful songs on a series of almost ceaseless global tours from about 1900 until his death fifty years later.
And just like every other article ever published in a skateboarding magazine that attempts to describe a spot or scene that you are not a part of, I will do everything in my power to alienate you, bore you with boastful tales of the athletic abilities of men you've never heard of, and attempt to persuade you that this particular microcosm of our subculture is indeed the greatest thing ever in the history of skateboarding (Dogtown included).
The boastful Young Tom considers himself to be the best harpist in the land.
"The war in Iraq has become an epic of unanticipated (and some anticipated) consequences, and one of the most unanticipated of all is certainly the emergence of the United Nations as the new [molder] of Iraq's political future," commented the New Republic in a May 10 editorial entitled "The UN's Revenge." "How did the Bush administration, which was so boastful about its disdain for the ideas and the instruments of the United Nations, end up on Kofi Annan's doorstep in a posture of supplication?"
Aspiring politicians have made boastful assertions about their spirituality and strong faith, claiming that supernatural religious conversion has endowed them with superior power to lead.