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I've never used chat-up lines; I don't have the gift of the gab.
Ricky Whittle

Meaning of "gift of the gab" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GIFT OF THE GAB

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WHAT DOES GIFT OF THE GAB MEAN IN ENGLISH?

gift of the gab

Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens. The word blarney has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk". John O'Connor Power's definition is succinct: 'Blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit. Those who mix with Irish folk have many examples of it in their everyday experience.'...

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GIFT OF THE GAB

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gift shop
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gift token
gift voucher
giftable
gifted
giftedly
giftedness
giftee
giftless
giftware
giftwrap
giftwrapped
giftwrapping

WORDS THAT END LIKE GIFT OF THE GAB

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Synonyms and antonyms of gift of the gab in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «gift of the gab» into 25 languages

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Translator English - Chinese

能说会道
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

don de la elocuencia
570 millions of speakers

English

gift of the gab
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गपशप का उपहार
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

هدية من الثرثرة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дар болтливости
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dom do gab
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

গাবের উপহার
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

don de l´éloquence
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Hadiah gab
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Mundwerk
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

雄弁
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

놀았 어 의 선물
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Hadiah saka gab
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

món quà của dông dài
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

காப் பரிசு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

फाशीची भेट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Gabın hediyesi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

dono della parlantina
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dar gab
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дар балакучості
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dar al vorbirii
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ευφράδεις
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gawe van die gesnap
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

gåvan av gab
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

gave av skravle
5 millions of speakers

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Ricky Whittle
I've never used chat-up lines; I don't have the gift of the gab.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GIFT OF THE GAB»

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Gift of the Gab
If you loved Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak you won't want to miss Gift of the Gab. This is the final dramatic story about Rowena, the girl who can't speak, and her dad. Like all of Morris Gleitzman's books, it will leave you speechless!
Morris Gleitzman, 1999
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The Gift of the Gab and How to Get It: Improving Your ...
This book is your key to making confident conversation an everyday part of your life. This practical, well-written book will ensure you are never at a loss for words in any situation.
Jacquie Wise, 2005
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Cheater's Guide to Speaking English Like a Native
Gift of the gab "Gab" is a slang term for talking smoothly and excessively, especially about matters of little importance. Some people have a gift for gabbing, meaning they are very good at it. a. People who have a gift of the gab are often ...
Boye Lafayette De Mente, 2007
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Early American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases
1817 Scott Blue Lights 128: Endowed with a tolerable "gift of the gab." 1820 Harvard College Rebellion 74: Gift of the gab. Barbour 72(2); Oxford 301; Tilley G99. G42 Gifts blind the wise 1632 EHowes in Winthrop Papers(A) 3.74: The wise ...
Bartlett Jere Whiting, 1977
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Notes and Queries: A Medium of Inter Communication for ...
Richardson defines the phrase, " the gift of the gab " as " the gift of speaking plausibly and fluently ; of making the best of a bad cause." In the following lines from Burns's ''Halloween," gab is used in its Scotch signification of mouth — " Till  ...
‎1867
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The Pupil-teacher: A Monthly Journal of Practical ...
The Gift of the Gab ! What a vulgar phrase ! How it savours of slang ! Ah, but how expressive it is ! Talk of your " copia verborum," your " conversational powers," your " easy flow of language ;"• designate the acquirements implied by these terms ...
‎1857
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Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: Fla to Hyps
And we'll have a big-wig, Charley : one that's got the greatest gift of the gab : to carry on his defence. 1881-61. Mayhew, Lond. Lab. and Lond. Poor, I., 250. People reckon me one of the best patterers in the trade. I'm reckoned to have the gift ...
John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley, 1893
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Punch
They will have all the advantages of their prototypes without any of their anxieties , and without having to gire up any present occupation in which they . . . . THE GIFT OF THE GAB. Wehe I offer'd whate'er I might wish By the queen of the fairies , ...
Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, 1903
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Gift of the Gob: Morsels of English Language History
Its respectable twin is gab — a later pronunciation that we know best in the fixed expression gift of the gab, said of someone who's fluent in speech (compare earlier flash the gab 'to show off in talk'). Gab wasn't always respectable though.
Kate Burridge, 2011
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The Poetry of the Forties in Britain
THE LOVELY GIFT OF THE GAB Dylan Thomas "My early days, dear God. I never thought that one day I might be here or anywhere filling up time ... by talking about my early days as though I were a man of letters", Dylan Thomas said to an ...
A. Trevor Tolley, 1985

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GIFT OF THE GAB»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term gift of the gab is used in the context of the following news items.
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Lisa Wilkinson's jaw drops as her son turns up in live cross
“I see you've got the gift of the gab just like your mum,” host Karl Stefanovic said. But Louis didn't get away without being reprimanded at least ... «9news.com.au, Jul 15»
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Lisa's son surprises her: 'That's my boy!'
... drive without chains. It's awful,” he warned viewers. Co-host Karl Stefanovic said it was clear Louis has “the gift of the gab” just like his mum. «Perth Now, Jul 15»
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Ireland's top tourist attractions: Guinness Storehouse tops the list …
The medieval castle, which is surrounded by gardens, attracts tens of thousands of tourists to kiss the Blarney stone to get the 'gift of the gab' . «Irish Mirror, Jul 15»
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Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall - Jamaica's greatest …
... of controlling the microphone in an extremely competitive environment because of a keen musical air, lyrical dexterity and the gift of the gab. «Jamaica Gleaner, Jul 15»
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ProVerb puts his money where his mouth is
I always had the gift of the gab, and when my mom suggested I try sound engineering after failing IT several times, I got into the entertainment ... «Times LIVE, Jul 15»
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Irish eyes don't smile more than the rest
We have the gift of the gab, and a unique sense of humour and fun. Maybe this is the new story we tell about ourselves: being told and retold, ... «The Sunday Times, Jul 15»
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Doreen Andoh: Radio's queen of quality
Blessed with a gift of the gab, a deep insight into music and a good sense of selection which often reflects her taste or the occasion, Doreen has ... «Graphic Online, Jul 15»
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The Return of the Native: Extraordinary life and times of Shashi …
But Tharoor's gift of the gab, the St. Stephenian debate club's thrust and parry is both admired and also looked upon with suspicion. In a country ... «Firstpost, Jul 15»
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McGregor's trash-talking top five
Not only is the Irishman a talented fighter, but he has also most certainly been blessed with the gift of the gab. McGregor may have stepped ... «Fox Sports Asia, Jul 15»
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Daring Daylight Walmart Heist: Man In Security Garb Walks-In, Signs …
They say “clothes make a man,” and a robber proved that they can make you rich quick too, provided you have gift of the gab as well. «The Inquisitr, Jul 15»

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