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Blarney stone

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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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Examples from the Web for blarney stone

Historical Examples

  • Ah, Katty, you have been kissing the blarney-stone, she said.

    Signing the Contract and What it Cost

    Martha Finley

  • 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


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

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.

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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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