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blarney

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blarney influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering "He palavered her into going along"
    • n blarney flattery designed to gain favor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n blarney Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery.
    • v. t Blarney To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to make or accomplish by blarney. "Blarneyed the landlord.""Had blarneyed his way from Long Island."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n blarney Exceedingly complimentary language; flattery; smooth, wheedling talk; pleasing cajolery.
    • blarney To talk over or beguile by wheedling speeches; flatter; humbug with agreeable talk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Blarney blar′ni pleasing flattery or cajoling talk
    • v.t Blarney to beguile with such
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Quotations

  • Fulton John Sheen
    Fulton John Sheen
    “Baloney is flattery laid on so thick it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we love it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Blarney, a village and castle near Cork in Ireland

Usage

In literature:

You do know how to blarney and you have that coaxing, lovely way about you that the Irish are supposed to have.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
I was a fool to listen to your blarney, Rackliff.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
The sweet gift of blarney dwelt on his broad red lips.
"The Cobbler In The Devil's Kitchen" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He's bin sayin' somethin' about it now an' again, but he's such a man for blarney that I never belave more nor half he says.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
Now go 'way wid your blarney, and don't be talking to me.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
If anybody wanted money, he kissed the Blarney Stone and applied to Pete.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Blunt kept them quiet by subtle blarney, telling them they couldn't let white folks beat them out for stoicism.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
The blarney to put yourself over, and the ability to back it up.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He's been blarneying you.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
You've kissed the Blarney Stone if ever man has!
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
Did that Irish blarney of yours get anything out of him?
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
For they had much more sense, though they had never kissed the Blarney Stone, which makes one talk good Irish.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
That's sense and no blarney.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
I suppose he has been priming you with blarney and yarns.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
I went to Delany, of George Street, Limerick, for a suit of Blarney tweed.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Why, to have a body to look at now and again, and to blarney, just that I might not forget the trick.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
THE BLARNEY STONE for November-December is dedicated to its contributors and wholly given over to their work.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Opposite the mission, at the edge of the curving beach, a large, flat-topped rock lies at the side of the way, called the Blarney Stone.
"The Story of Sitka" by C. L. Andrews
Arrah, none of your blarney, honey.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
I say, blarney, and no mistake!
"St. Patrick's Eve" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

And will never allow me to blarney
My way of getting
The fame and the girl and the money
All at one sitting.
"Toads" by Philip Larkin
Let Psalm-singing Churchmen and Lutherans sing.
They can't deceive God with their blarney;
They might just as well dance the Highland Fling,
Or sing the fair fame of Kate Kearney.
"My Religion" by Anonymous Oceania
Whenever the scowling old sundowners come,
And cunningly ask if the master’s at home,
‘Be off,’ she replies, ‘with your blarney and cant,
Or I’ll call my son Andy; he’s workin’ beyant.’
"When The Children Come Home" by Henry Lawson
'Twixt Derry and Kerry there’s many a mile;
They 've right men in Derry, no doubt;
But give me the Kerry man's blarneying smile,
And give me the Kerry girl's conjuring wile,
And lips, like a peach, in a pout!
"From Derry To Kerry" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

Outdoor dining at Ledge, Ashmont Grill and Blarney Stone.
The Blarney Stone, 1909 Third Ave, 448-8439, DOWNTOWN.
The Blarney Stone Irish Pub.
Alums pace the Blarney Run in 'Tosa.
Art Forum hosts Blarney Rebel band this weekend.
On Saturday November 24th from 6pm until 11pm at the Blarney Stone in Dorchester, the Stockbridge family will host its annual Christopher's Blue Dogs Autism Fundraiser.
Outdoor dining at Ledge, Ashmont Grill and Blarney Stone .
Judges visit the Blarney Stone on Tipperary Hill.
Blarney Stone Readers on syracuse.com voted for their top 5 burger joints in the area.
The Blarney Stone, 1909 Third Ave, 448-8439, DOWNTOWN.
Kissin' the Blarney Stone .
Cannerelli / The Post-Standard The Blarney Stone is one of the eight finalists in the Best of Chicken Wing Showdown.
The Blarney Stone, Casey Moore's Oyster House.
The Blarney Fails to Hide an Emotional Directness .
No Luck Among the Irish Amy Adams is trapped in the land of blarney, cow pies and forced humiliation.
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