English Idiom - Toot Your Own Horn

Today's idiom is toot your own horn. Tooting your own horn is another way to say brag or boast.

A horn is a type of musical instrument that includes trumpets, trombones, and French horns. Horn is also the word for the loud noise your car can make to avoid an accident. The sound that a horn makes is toot. When you toot the horn of a car, it draws attention to your car πŸ“’ 🎺. Therefore, if someone toots their own horn, they are making noise to draw attention to themselves.

This is an funny phrase that people use when they know they are about to brag about a personal achievement or skill, but don't want to sound too annoying or conceited while doing so. 

Check out the examples below!


I normally wouldn't brag about my cooking because I'm not very good at it, but I'm going to toot my own horn because this cake I just made is so delicious!

Not to toot my own horn, but I did really well in the interview today and, fingers crossed, I think I'll get the job! 🀞🏼

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Jack didn't want to toot his own horn but his boss wasn't in the meeting to see how well his presentation went. Jack knew how hard he worked and that he deserved recognition for it, so he wrote his boss an e-mail to tell her about it. His boss was glad to hear it and was very proud of Jack!

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