spout off

spout off

1. To speak (about someone or something) in a particularly boastful or arrogant manner. My date kept spouting off about how important she is in her job and how much money she makes, never even asking what I do for a living.
2. To speak for a tedious or exasperating length of time. My father in law never fails to spout off about his various journeys around the world whenever we see him. I always let my mind wander whenever Dan starts spouting off about politics like that.
3. To utter something in a brash, unwelcome, or unpleasant manner. Dan, please stop spouting off intimate details about our private life like that—we're in a public restaurant! He spouted off some very technical, longwinded answer that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
See also: off, spout

spout off

 (about someone or something)
1. to brag or boast about someone or something. Stop spouting off about Tom. Nobody could be that good! Alice is spouting off about her new car.
2. to speak out publicly about someone or something; to reveal information publicly about someone or something. I wish you wouldn't spout off about my family affairs in public. There is no point in spouting off about this problem.
See also: off, spout

spout off

v.
1. To speak continuously and tediously: I dread spending an evening with my cousins and listening to them spout off about their last vacation.
2. To utter something that is long-winded and tedious: I'd hoped for a simple answer, but the mechanic spouted off a technical explanation that confused me even more. The tour guides have to memorize the speech until they can spout it off without effort.
See also: off, spout
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It's just too easy to spout off regardless from the sofa of selfrighteousness.
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One thing that doesn't come out in your article - but then it seems whenever and wherever Conservative controlled WCC and Conservative Councillor Tilly May spout off about this, they forget to mention it - is that it cost pounds 110,000 of taxpayers' money to build.
It makes my blood boil when people spout off about things they know nothing about.
Committees, in my experience, are talking shops where people can spout off about something they know very little about.
I have stewed over the replies to "Three Mountains We Must Climb" (December 2008/January 2009) for two months now, and I have decided to finally spout off myself.
I never tell anyone that Fag Ash Lil was my ex, so why does she spout off into print again?