And though Philip declared it was blarney, and was inclined to think it infra dig.
In Ireland, she had kissed the blarney stone and picked shamrock in the ruins.
Edith said merrily, "you must have found an Italian blarney stone somewhere."
All her share of the blarney of Ireland began to roll from the mellow tip of her tongue.
Why, to have a body to look at now and again, and to blarney, just that I might not forget the trick.
blarney her cliverly, and work her to a foam against the McBrides.
But it wasn't to gaze at the view we had come to blarney Castle, it was to kiss the stone, and we went at once to look for it.
If anybody wanted money, he kissed the blarney Stone and applied to Pete.
But I saw through his blarney, and he was added to the list of those who preferred sister's hands to my attentions.
And yet, who could write of an Irish tour and make no reference to blarney.
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.
Smooth, flattering talk, often nonsensical or deceptive. Based on an Irish legend that those who kiss the Blarney Stone will become skilled in flattery.