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verbal diarrhea

Babbling, longwinded talk; inane and lengthy chatter. Primarily heard in US. I get so nervous when I go out on dates that I always start getting verbal diarrhea and sounding like a fool.
See also: diarrhea, verbal

verbal assault

Very hostile speech directed at someone. Don't talk to Stan today—I just tried to ask him a simple question, and I got a verbal assault. A: "Why are you crying?" B: "The professor gave me a verbal assault in the middle of my presentation."
See also: assault, verbal

verbal diarrhoea

  (British, American & Australian humorous) also verbal diarrhea (American & Australian humorous)
if someone has verbal diarrhoea, they talk too much It was awful - a whole evening with this guy who had verbal diarrhoea.
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References in classic literature ?
He would have preferred Rabelais' 'Gargantua' to the 'Zadig' of Voltaire: and, upon the whole, practical jokes suited his taste far better than verbal ones.
Not as a business matter, for these arrangements are usually verbal, and there was no earthly business reason why this should be an exception.
No verbal attack could crush this extraordinary young man.
Such verbal generosities were in fact only a humbugging disguise of the inexorable conventions that tied things together and bound people down to the old pattern.
First, Jo has to complete his errand of good nature by handing over the physic he has been to get, which he delivers with the laconic verbal direction that "it's to be all took d'rectly.
Perhaps Charles Strickland was dull judged by a standard that demanded above all things verbal scintillation; but his intelligence was adequate to his surroundings, and that is a passport, not only to reasonable success, but still more to happiness.
No, a verbal message; she had hardly time even for that.
But what I cannot understand, what, in spite of all the efforts of my mind, and all my reflections, I cannot comprehend, and never shall comprehend, is, that instead of sending us troops, instead of sending us reinforcements of men, munitions, provisions, they leave us without boats, they leave Belle- Isle without arrivals, without help; it is that instead of establishing with us a correspondence, whether by signals, or written or verbal communications, all relations with the shore are intercepted.
When the hirer returned, a heated pedestrian, Grubb would ignore all verbal complaints, and examine the machine gravely.
Most of the new students brought a written or a verbal request from their parents to the effect that they wanted their children taught nothing but books.
he muttered, and after listening to the verbal instructions his father had sent and taking the correspondence and his father's letter, he returned to the nursery.
Casaubon's desk, and also in a dark closet of his verbal memory.
The only answer your friend asks for is a verbal one," he remarked.
No, John; it will not suffice to send a verbal message; unfortunately, I shall be obliged to write.
The simplest farmer would have had documents, while he had nothing but a gentleman's agreement, and a verbal one at that.