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blarney

[blahr-nee] /ˈblɑr ni/
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
1760-1770
1760-70; after the hamlet Blarney, in Ireland; see Blarney stone
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  • It is the site of blarney castle, home of the legendary blarney stone.
British Dictionary definitions for blarney

blarney

/ˈblɑːnɪ/
noun
1.
flattering talk
verb
2.
to cajole with flattery; wheedle
Word Origin
C19: after the Blarney Stone
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Word Origin and History for blarney
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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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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