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A village of southern Ireland near Cork. Blarney Castle (dating from the 15th century) is the site of the Blarney Stone, said to impart powers of eloquence and persuasion.
1. Smooth, flattering talk.
2. Deceptive nonsense.
[After the Blarney Stone in Blarney Castle, Blarney, Ireland.]
to cajole with flattery; wheedle
[C19: after the Blarney Stone]
1. flattery; cajolery.
2. misleading nonsense.v.t., v.i.
3. to flatter or deceive with blarney.
[1790–1800; alluding to the Blarney stone, in a castle near Cork, Ireland; it is said to impart skill in flattery to whoever kisses it]
Blarneybartenders collectively—Lipton, 1970
Past participle: blarneyed
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|Noun||1.||blarney - flattery designed to gain favor |
flattery - excessive or insincere praise
|Verb||1.||blarney - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"|
persuade - cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"
soft-soap - persuade someone through flattery
noun flattery, coaxing, exaggeration, fawning, adulation, wheedling, spiel, sweet talk (informal), flannel (Brit. informal), soft soap (informal), sycophancy, servility, obsequiousness, cajolery, blandishment, fulsomeness, toadyism, overpraise, false praise, honeyed words You're as full of blarney as my father.