Blarney stone


noun

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

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Example sentences from the Web for Blarney stone

  • 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

noun

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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Cultural definitions for Blarney stone

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.

notes for Blarney Stone

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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