throw around (one's) name

throw around (one's) name

To mention casually or carelessly the name of someone important, powerful, or famous that one knows or with whom one is associated in order to impress others. Look, I don't mind helping you out with some of my political contacts behind closed doors, but you've got to stop throwing around my name like that while you're doing business in public. She spent the whole party throwing around some famous dude's name, as if we were supposed to give a crap. He worked on one big-budget movie, and suddenly he starts throwing around big Hollywood names like he's one of them.
See also: around, name, throw