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BLARNEY. Extravagant eloquence that beguiles and flatters, impresses and deceives, often taken to be typically Irish. In 1602, Cormac Teige Macarthy unwillingly agreed to surrender Blarney Castle in County Cork, so as to have it returned to him as a loyal retainer of Elizabeth I. Afterwards he stalled and, tired of his glib equivocation, the queen is said to have shouted, ‘This is all Blarney—he never means what he says, he never does what he promises.’ In the wall of Blarney Castle is the Blarney Stone, said to bestow Macarthy's gift of eloquence on whoever kisses it. The ritual of kissing the stone appears to date from the 18c. Compare JIVE, PATTER.

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Blarney, village, Co. Cork, SE Republic of Ireland. Those who kiss the Blarney Stone, placed in an almost inaccessible position near the top of the thick stone wall of the 15th-century castle, are supposed to gain marvelous powers of persuasion and cajolery. The castle was militarily important in the 17th-century wars of Oliver Cromwell and William III. Tweed is manufactured in the village.

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blar·ney / ˈblärnē/ • n. talk that aims to charm, pleasantly flatter, or persuade: he had the “street charm” of an Irish politician, but this blarney concealed his inner self. ∎  amusing and harmless nonsense: this story is perhaps just a bit of blarney.

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blarney cajoling talk. XIX. f. Blarney, name of a village near Cork, Ireland.

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