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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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The second motivational boost comes when your brag receives acknowledgment on social media from your social network.
What's great is that you haven't kissed or slept with a girl just so you can brag about it.
GOLD-toothed rapper Anthony Ghosh brags that he's bedded 1,000 WOMEN.
Needless to say, the bragger considers themselves superior in every aspect of driving, including parking, but their brags surround other people's weakness.
He never brags, though he has plenty to brag about, and readily admits his many insecurities, including a martyr complex and a drinking problem that sometimes got out of hand--Charlie Chaplin accused him of peeing on his couch, and the friendship never recovered.
She always brags about him and tries to make me jealous because I'm not going out with anyone.
She offers good advice to journeyers, such as the caution to not compare information received with other group members, to not "brag", and to not compete.