a stone in Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it.
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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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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.
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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