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circle-jerk

slang verb
The act of mutual flattery within a social group. Has the negative connotation of the flattery being empty because the animus was itself flattery, and also, because it is associated with masturbation.
 
"Let's stop this now before it becomes one big circle-jerk."
Etymology : Derived from the idea of people engaging in mutual masturbation with members of a social group in a circle, each 'flattering' the other in turn.
Source : Something Awful podcast
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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