drop names

drop names

To mention important people as if they are one's friends, usually in an attempt to receive preferential treatment. You can drop names all you want, but you're still not getting into this restaurant any time soon.
See also: drop, name

drop names

 and drop someone's name
to mention a name or the names of important or famous people as if they were personal friends. (See also drop someone's name.) Mary always tries to impress people by dropping the name of some big-time executives she claims to know. Bill's such a snob. Leave it to him to drop the names of all the local gentry.
See also: drop, name

drop names

Refer to important persons as acquaintances in order to impress the listener. For example, Her habit of dropping names made everyone very skeptical about her veracity. [Mid-1900s]
See also: drop, name
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Malcolm does not boast or drop names, and you would never know the influence he has as he speaks easily and confidently with all who approach him.
Though the country crooner clearly didn't drop names, someone reacted via the social media.
For a man with Warnock's propensity to drop names - Pele gets a page by way of comparison - it is some accolade for the Moroccan maestro but then, as the man who managed him at Queens Park Rangers points out in the first paragraph, there are some players who are worth the bother.
One of his accusers, who says she was abused at the age of 15 in 1977, said he would drop names of celebrities to impress her, claiming he played squash with entertainer Tommy Steele.
In first, carrying maximum files, guaranteeing their mobile phone will go off mid-meeting and it will always be a VIP, they will drop names, laugh loudest at the chief's silly jokes and project this image of total dedication.
They use bold language and often drop names," one officer who is part of the investigation said.
She doesn't drop names, Grimmett says, but her clients include famous Arkansans and former Arkansans, as well as people throughout the country.
After creating a contact list of names and numbers, users simply drag and drop names into call lists.
A broker may drop names of upcoming projects in the vicinity which may be just speculation," says Ganesh Vasudevan, vice president and business head of property portal Indiaproperty.
It is terrible the way people drop names all the time, but you won't believe who I bumped into in the Congress Centre corridors.
Although Swift didn't drop names, it's a guy from her past.
He also urged the United Nations to drop names of some former jihadi commanders from its backlist.
I do not want to drop names here, and I will content myself with two gentlemen, James Wolfensohn, the former president of the World Bank, and the conductor Daniel Barenboim; with the individuals, a fair and just peace can be signed tomorrow.
Detective Constable Coghill told The Times of London in 2008, "She would drop names and utilize connections she had made in the jewelry world to provide the illusion that she was a trustworthy client, so she could eventually circumvent the normal strict practices.
People who drop names of important people, socialize with financiers and CEOs, theater directors and producers, promoters, executives, politicians, scoundrels, swindlers, bank presidents, secretaries of State, ministers, cabinet chiefs (few estimate the power of a cabinet chief).