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Blarney stone

a stone in Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • From the virtues which it communicates to the masculine pilgrims, we have the well-known term blarney and blarney-stone.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • Ah, Katty, you have been kissing the blarney-stone, she said.

British Dictionary definitions for blarney-stone

Blarney Stone

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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