To hold forth

to offer; to exhibit; to propose; to put forward.
- Swift.
To talk at length; to harangue.
- Locke.
to speak in public; to harangue; to preach.

See also: Hold, Hold, Hold

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Boythorn continues to post tremendous placards on the disputed thoroughfare and (with his bird upon his head) to hold forth vehemently against Sir Leicester in the sanctuary of his own home; similarly, also, he defies him as of old in the little church by testifying a bland unconsciousness of his existence.
It was knowing to hold forth, in the humble-virtue school of eloquence; but, I assure you I thought at the time, "My good fellow, you are over-doing this!"'
Cruncher, with a most alarming tendency to hold forth as from a pulpit--"and let my words be took down and took to Mrs.
Cruncher, with additional solemnity, additional slowness, and additional tendency to hold forth and hold out, "as anything wot I have ever said or done should be wisited on my earnest wishes for them poor creeturs now!
Saving his troublesome sense of having been "low' on one occasion since his return - on which point he began to hold forth to Herbert, the moment my revelation was finished - he had no perception of the possibility of my finding any fault with my good fortune.
I must ask the prince about this, for the expression is his.) But I remember one day in March, when I went up to his lodgings to see whether it was true that one of his children had been starved and frozen to death, I began to hold forth to him about his poverty being his own fault, and, in the course of my remarks, I accidentally smiled at the corpse of his child.
In American comedian Carol Burnett's new series, she invites a group of five to nine-year-olds to hold forth on a variety of topics and the responses they offer are pure gold.
As in the former entries in the series, this novel takes place in Florida, giving Serge the opportunity to hold forth on the many locales and highlights of the State.
On our weekly walks together, covering some of West Yorkshire's finest landscapes, he likes to hold forth about what he has just been reading.
One of the occupational hazards of being a very-nearly amusing newspaper columnist is that events can move on and you can find yourself changing your opinion on matters you have chosen to hold forth on.
It is all very well for the politicians to hold forth and be "resolute" with somebody else's life.
And we need to hold forth those visions, even--or especially--as corporations and Bush wage their savage attacks.