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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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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
n.

1796, from Blarney Stone (which is said to make a persuasive flatterer of any who kiss it), in a castle near Cork, Ireland. As Bartlett explains it, the reason is the difficulty of the feat of kissing the stone where it sits high up in the battlement: "to have ascended it, was proof of perseverence, courage, and agility, whereof many are supposed to claim the honor who never achieved the adventure." So to have kissed the Blarney Stone came to mean "to tell wonderful tales" ["Dictionary of Americanisms," 1848]. The word reached wide currency through Lady Blarney, the smooth-talking flatterer in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield" (1766). As a verb from 1803.

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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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