blarney

[blahr-nee]
noun
1.
flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery.
2.
deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey: a lot of blarney about why he was broke.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), blarneyed, blarneying.
3.
to flatter or wheedle; use blarney: He blarneys his boss with the most shameless compliments.

Origin:
1760–70; after the hamlet Blarney, in Ireland; see Blarney stone

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blarney (ˈblɑːnɪ)
 
n
1.  flattering talk
 
vb
2.  to cajole with flattery; wheedle
 
[C19: after the Blarney Stone]

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blarney
1796, from Blarney Stone (which is said to make a persuasive flatterer of any who kiss it), in a castle near Cork, Ireland; reached wide currency through Lady Blarny, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield" (1766).
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blarney definition


Smooth, flattering talk, often nonsensical or deceptive. Based on an Irish legend that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will become skilled in flattery.

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It is the site of blarney castle, home of the legendary blarney stone.
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