1. (US) to praise, to extol, esp. one’s own town or city; thus booster, one who makes such promotions.
|Major Downing (1834) 215: You was the first person that ever give me a lift into public life, and you’ve been boosting me along ever since.|
|Americanisms 573: It is only where [...] a casual word happens to strike the fancy of the people with such force as to make a word popular, like ‘boost’ [...] that really new words establish their claim to be considered essential parts of the language.|
|Saddle and Mocassin 121: If you think that I’m trying to boost the place up because it belongs to us [...] call me an old mud-turtle.|
|Artie (1963) 63: There’s a lot o’ them church people that boosted him two years ago that’s out now to skin him.|
|Four Million (1915) 111: Old Mother Hubbard was boosting me to beat the band.‘Memoirs of a Yellow Dog’ in|
|letter Aug. in Paige (1971) 121: Ah, that one might live to see the expression on the face of a new poet, whom I had just been boosting, upon seeing another still newer poet seated in an armchair.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 15: Young Bingo must have boosted me to some purpose.|
|Cool Customer 19: Garside was a booster for his city. He began to promote the town at once.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 152: I ain’t boostin’ it on that account.|
|USA Confidential 72: [He] is a hot booster of unions.|
|Cast the First Stone 12: Chances are, if a call-girl is easy to meet she is not, as her boosters boast, ‘top-drawer stuff.’.|
|Christian Science Monitor 31 Dec. 13: But a chorus of boosters [...] say the area will retain a lot of its unique character.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 154: Clip Curtis and Leroy. Appease the Boys and play civic booster.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Shorty McCabe 178: No, I ain’t goin’ into the boostin’ line as a reg’lar thing.|
(US) to praise a third party, esp. in context of preparing a victim for a confidence trick.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 9: The Wise Cracker thinks it’s the boost that had been shot in, an’ he says: ‘Why, certainly. I’ve been connected with this gent in the race hoss biz for several years’.|