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bragging rights

The authority and freedom to boast or brag of one's achievements that comes from having won a contest or succeeded in some way, especially against a close rival. The game matters little to either team's statistics, but it will ensure bragging rights for the rest of the year.
See also: brag, right

brag about (someone or something)

To boast about someone or something, perhaps to an excessive or unwarranted degree. I can't stand being around Marcus ever since his company became such a massive success. The guy just can't stop bragging about it! You're my daughter, and you have such good grades—of course I'm going to brag about you!
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brag about someone or something

to boast about someone or something; to talk proudly about someone or something. He bragged about how selfish he was. Jill brags a lot about her kids.
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bragging rights

If a person or an organization has bragging rights, they have a reason to be proud. Colleges want to compete for the most talented kids if only for bragging rights. Being acknowledged by a rock band carries certain bragging rights.
See also: brag, right
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Gaining therefore is the behaviour by which an individual earns the right to brag.
She always brags about him and tries to make me jealous because I'm not going out with anyone.
The Brooke floor plan is American West's first home to include a brag space.
I knew they were going to get on my case here and I was going to be fined for bragging rights because I would be expected to get up and brag a little.
They either wanted to know the size of their nest egg or were looking for something to brag about.
Stephen McCloud, a 38-year-old construction superintendent from Temple City, wasn't looking to brag, but ended up laying out $7,400 on a platinum setting and 1.
More creative braggers will actually take a look at the whole Vectra range and brag about the good points from any of the different models, whether it is the one that they drive or not.
The first time this brag is heard the listener will be impressed, but after many renditions, the novelty wears off.
They don't brag about how good or bad the traffic was, they brag about how much of an adventure they had on the way to work.
And then there are those who resent anything Italian and have to brag about how they have humiliated the prancing pony on many occasions.
But she can't really brag because we're not facing each other.
Then there are the tree- huggers who brag about fuel economy with a reverent tone.
It's not my nature to brag, but should I be doing some, too?