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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

spruik

\sprook\ , verb;
1.
To make or give a speech, especially extensively; spiel.
Quotes:
He started to spruik again, but I managed to get in first.
-- C.E. Murphy, Raven Calls
Cain and Leek spruik their foul and immoral stories by the fire at night and the rest of the men grow excited and the mood of the camp becomes restless.
-- Tim Winton, Shallows
Don't go into your spruik for me. I don't care what words you call it.
-- A. E. Martin, The Outsiders
Origin:
Spruik is Australian slang that arose in the early 1900s. It is of unknown origin.
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