throw name around

throw (one's) name around

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 my name around like that while you're doing business in public. She spent the whole party throwing some famous dude's name around, as if we were supposed to give a crap. He worked on one big-budget movie, and suddenly he starts throwing big Hollywood names around like he's one of them.
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throw someone's name around

Fig. to impress people by saying you know a famous or influential person. You won't get anywhere around here by throwing the mayor's name around. When you get to the meeting, just throw my name around a bit, and people will pay attention to you.
See also: around, name, throw
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