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Blarney stone

noun
1.
a stone in Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it.
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  • Edith said merrily, "you must have found an Italian Blarney stone somewhere."

    Rafael in Italy Etta Blaisdell McDonald
  • If anybody wanted money, he kissed the Blarney stone and applied to Pete.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He'd kissed more than the Blarney stone, and had received all the good effects, and we had some most interesting days together.

  • In Ireland, she had kissed the Blarney stone and picked shamrock in the ruins.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • The Irish race appear to have kissed the Blarney stone in globo.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • You know, don't you, that it takes two to kiss—the Blarney stone?

    Story of Chester Lawrence Nephi Anderson
  • "I have never kissed the Blarney stone," Terence said, laughing.

    With Moore at Corunna G. A. Henty
  • "You've certainly kissed the Blarney stone, Mr. O'Connor," returned the revolutionist dryly.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • Or in the absence of this eloquent kisser of the Blarney stone some other black-coated Corker may respond.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • It is said that those who kiss the Blarney stone forever afterward possess the art of flattery and beautiful speech.

    Shaun O'Day of Ireland Madeline Brandeis
British Dictionary definitions for Blarney stone

Blarney Stone

noun
1.
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 in Culture

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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