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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Definitions for blarney

  1. flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery.
  2. deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey: a lot of blarney about why he was broke.
  3. to flatter or wheedle; use blarney: He blarneys his boss with the most shameless compliments.

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Citations for blarney
With a little more prudence Dick Turpin would have made a good diddler; with a trifle less blarney, Daniel O'Connell; with a pound or two more brains, Charles the Twelfth. Edgar Allan Poe, "Raising the Wind; or, Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences," Saturday Courier, October 14, 1843
He does affect both brogue and blarney when he thinks proper. Perhaps, however, I ought to tell you at once that I do not like him, and am not at all inclined to cultivate his acquaintance. Sarah Grand, The Heavenly Twins, 1893
Origin of blarney
Blarney came to English in the mid-1700s from the name of the hamlet in Ireland, where a stone in Blarney Castle is said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it.