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Fear, confusion, astonishment took the place of their bragging.

There was no speech-making or wringing of hands, no bragging, no compliments.

It's a perfect scream to hear her bragging about 'my son's farm.'

That bragging, simple, whisky-numbed cowboy could not have hurt a cat.

To eschew strife and bragging, spite and greed, would that be love?

Avoid backbiting and flattering; refrain from malice, and bragging.

There is in "Titus" none of Kyd's "huffing, bragging, puft" language.

Freddie did not believe it for a moment; obviously the Churchwarden was bragging.

They fall to bragging about what they are going to get for Christmas.

But what made it imperative for Skinner to ask for a raise was, he had been bragging.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., braggen "to make a loud sound," also "to talk boastfully," of obscure origin, perhaps related to bray of a trumpet, or related to the Middle English adjective brag "ostentatious, proud; spirited, brave" (early 14c.), which probably is from Celtic. Other sources suggest Old Norse bragr "the best, the toast (of anything)," also "poetry." Also cf. braggart for another possibility. Related: Bragged; bragging.

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