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Well, he'll see then that this kind of thing was all show-off, and bluff, won't he?

Once or twice, when I've paid calls with mamma, they were so fussy and show-off.

What a prancing, show-off, matinée fool you've made me look!

Does he then hang out a profession that is not true to the kernel of things, but only a show-off for impression's sake?

She graduates and comes home and there are a lot of "doings" which she attends, then comes the show-off which is called a debut.

Without that spirit of "show-off," what would induce our knights to meet in glorious tournaments?

So Max, with a dash of "show-off" in his disposition, laughed at Yolanda's fears and answered that he was in no danger.

I do not belittle it, since from this spirit of "show-off" arises one great good--respect for the opinion of our fellow-man.

Many a man builds a grand house for a show-off, when he has verra little to support it.

Don't think I mean those that never grew up out of their 'show-off' time in childhood.

WORD ORIGIN

1776, "a display;" see show (v.) + off (adv.). From 1801 as "a deliberate and ostentatious display;" in reference to the person who makes such a display, attested from 1924. The verbal phrase is first recorded 1793 as "make a conspicuous and obvious display." Noun showing-off is from 1874.

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