ask for an expression something like "camp it up"

Yichen

Senior Member
Chinese
Hello everybody,

I was wondering if you could tell me how to express such an idea. A word is better.
I will say it, with a tone somewhat for humorous effect, when I see a person who likes to show off, or likes to pretend to be a man beyond himself in terms of money, social status, intelligence et cetera. Whatever, he likes to be exaggerated in all aspects.

A scenario:
A: Look, it seems Jack is working hard at his lessons. Do you think he can pass the coming exam this time?
B: He won't. He is just camping.(?) Just look at those large dictionaries beside him. Are they necessary for such a little exam?

Is the word "camp" ok? What's the usual way to say it?

Many many thanks.
 
  • Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    I'm afraid I don't understand "camping" in the original sentence. It makes it sound like he's finding excuses to stay in the library - maybe he's homeless? But that doesn't fit with someone who is showing off.
     
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