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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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References in classic literature ?
If ever pride were innocent, it was innocent in Little Dorrit when she grew boastful of her father.
They were all feverish, boastful, and indefinably loose; and they all ate and drank a great deal; and made bets in eating and drinking.
What boastful father in the fulness of his heart ever related such wonders of his infant prodigy, as Kit never wearied of telling Barbara in the evening time, concerning little Jacob?
The Leader pointed to the boastful remarks of the US statesmen and officials in recent days, and said, "The US statesmen and stateswomen are inevitably making boastful remarks these days to resolve their internal problems, but their brags are not real.
Followed by the triumphant and boastful front pages of the government-supporting papers, and the doom and gloom headlines from its opposers.
Jingoism and boastful claims are not going to help the operations of India's special forces," he said.
But boastful social media pictures of her completing a difficult mountain climb while in Indonesia or her ability to climb ladders to decorate her Christmas tree could prove to be her downfall.
SIMON Mignolet doesn't come across as the boastful kind.
A BOASTFUL 13-year-old boy has been jailed for a minimum of 11 years for the murder of a woman mugged as she walked home from the pub.
Fathers of Football - Great Britons who took the game to the world, by Keith Baker BRITONS are renowned for being both notoriously reticent and for their inherent terror of appearing boastful.
Those messages were sent only to friends and associates, and were in the words of a police officer, boastful.
Using a style similar to Native American teaching myths, the wonderful story presents a dialogue between a boastful early frog ancestor and an undeveloped amphibian early alligator ancestor.
Then a portly rogue named Falstaff Held Shakespeare in his spell With his riotous ways and his boastful tongue With many a tale to tell.
Shot before the squad left for Argentina, MacLeod says: "I say things that grab headlines but I don't honestly think deep down that I'm a boastful person.
Touting the Gujarat Model as a model that can be applied across India is a boastful claim, and I reject it," Chidambaram said.