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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.
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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

INFORMAL
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.
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Under questioning from Tim Holroyd, defending Hubbersty, Mr Sutton said only Wood had bragged about the attack.
He said: "Lord Hardwicke bragged he was untouchable because he was a lord.
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A US paratrooper who raped and murdered an 11-year-old girl in Kosovo bragged to his colleagues about assaulting girls in other countries, it was revealed yesterday.