Blarney stone

Blarney stone

noun
a stone in Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it.
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Blarney Stone
 
n
a stone in Blarney Castle, in the SW Republic of Ireland, said to endow whoever kisses it with the gift of the gab and skill in flattery

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Blarney Stone definition


A stone in the wall of Blarney Castle in Ireland. According to an Irish legend, those who kiss the Blarney Stone receive a gift of eloquence that enables them to obtain, through persuasion, anything they want.

Note: People who talk “blarney” are saying things they do not mean. Usually the expression blarney is applied to flattery designed to gain a favor.
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