speak of


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speak of someone or something

 
1. to mention or discuss someone or something. Were we speaking of Judy? I don't recall. We were speaking of the new law.
2. [for a type of behavior or action] to reflect a particular quality. Jeff's behavior spoke of a good upbringing. Her good singing voice speaks of years of training.
See also: of, speak

speak of

v.
1. To speak about someone or something: She spoke fondly of her childhood home.
2. To give an indication or suggestion of something: His biography speaks of great loneliness.
See also: of, speak
References in classic literature ?
They speak of him As of one who entered madly into life, Drinking the cup of pleasure to the dregs.
Didst thou not speak of faith And vows before the throne?
I know -- I know it all, And still I speak of love.
I made another attempt to speak of the matter in dispute between us, from my own point of view.
It is another of my miseries that I cannot speak to you or speak of you without stumbling at every syllable, unless I let the check go altogether and run mad.
And I couldn't bear to see our love worn away by the daily dropping of tears, not to speak of its being rent by the dynamite of daily quarrels.
Well, then, though it's not a thing one cares to speak of, I'm a poor man--"
Tell me again," she said, "that you love me, just as you did yesterday, and promise never to speak of all those cruel things again.
She paused as if she felt it indecorous to speak of her pregnancy before Pierre, though the gist of the matter lay in that.
It was as though there were something in this which she could not or would not face, as though directly she began to speak of this, she, the real Anna, retreated somehow into herself, and another strange and unaccountable woman came out, whom he did not love, and whom he feared, and who was in opposition to him.
Nineteenth century novels speak of letters asking a reply by the afternoon post, and I recall a wonderful short stow of "Saki", a witty, reactionary observer of the Edwardian scene, describing the devastating effect of the arrival of a telegram in a genteel English country house of a century ago.
John Ernest contends that Linda's (and Uncle Daniel's) visions speak of "a universal law that encompasses those 'fictions of law' [ldots] that rule individual cultures.