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a mouth full of South

1. An accent typical of the southern United States. I was a little nervous coming to a big northern city like New York with a mouth full of South like mine, but everyone's been much nicer than I expected. I'm not trying to be mean, but Estelle has got such a mouth full of south that I can't understand what she's saying! My mom says she had a mouth full of south when she first moved here from Kentucky, but none of us hear it anymore.
2. Food, flavors, or cooking styles typical of the southern United States. If you're looking for a mouth full of South, there's a barbecue joint on 5th Street. My grandmother's visiting from Atlanta, and she's cooking for all us tonight. You should definitely come over for a mouth full of south! I feel like a mouth full of south tonight. Where can we get some good collard greens around here?
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give (one) a mouthful

To scold or yell at one in anger. Primarily heard in UK. I'm definitely going to give Pete a mouthful for not finishing the report on time.
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mouthful of marbles

A phrase used to describe the speech of someone who mumbles when talking. I have such a hard time understanding him—he always sounds like he has a mouthful of marbles.
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say a mouthful

1. To speak at length or voluminously (about something). The senator has already said a mouthful about the issue in press events and on the floor of Congress, but she says this is just the beginning of her campaign. I always say a mouthful when this topic comes up, so tell me to stop if I start rambling.
2. To say something that is particularly poignant, pertinent, or revealing. The executive said a mouthful when he admitted that the company hadn't done enough to protect customers' privacy. This was their worst season in the history of the team, which is saying a mouthful considering how poorly they've done for the last decade.
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you('ve) said a mouthful

1. What you just said is particularly pertinent, poignant, or agreeable. A: "Have you seen the latest policy change in that memo? I swear, this company is going right down the toilet!" B: "You sure said a mouthful, Charlie." A: "There's nothing better in life than a fine glass of wine!" B: "You've said a mouthful!"
2. What you just said was very verbose and complicated. A: "So as you see, the conductors emit ionizing radiation that strips electrons from atoms, rendering this a particularly harmful source of energy." B: "Wow, you sure said a mouthful. I didn't quite make out the finer details, but that's all very bad, right?" Thank you for such extensive advice on the issue—you've certainly said a mouthful. I think I'll just take my computer to a repair shop and let them fix it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

say a mouthful

Fig. to say a lot; to say something very important or meaningful. When you said things were busy around here, you said a mouthful. It is terribly busy. You sure said a mouthful, Bob. Things are really busy.
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You (really) said a mouthful.

Inf. Fig. You said exactly what needed to be said.; What you said was very meaningful and had great impact. Bill: Did you hear what I said to her? Jane: Yes. You said a mouthful. Was she mad? Bill: This is the worst food I have ever eaten. It is either stale, wilted, dry, or soggy! Tom: You said a mouthful!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

say a mouthful

Utter something important or meaningful, as in You said a mouthful when you called him a fine musician. This term is often used to express agreement, much as you can say that again is. It was first recorded in 1790.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give someone a mouthful

talk to or shout at someone in an angry, abusive, or severely critical way; swear at someone. British informal
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say a mouthful

make a striking or important statement; say something noteworthy. North American informal
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a mouth full of South

n. a southern accent. I just love to hear a man with a mouth full of South.
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1. n. a true statement. You said a mouthful, and I agree.
2. n. a tirade. Paul really gave me a mouthful. I didn’t know I hurt his feelings.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

you said a mouthful

What you said is absolutely true or important or relevant. This American colloquialism dates from the early 1900s. Dorothy Parker used it in Life (Feb. 3, 1921), “‘You said a mouthful.’ I confess.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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References in classic literature ?
According to their account, the tree on which it hung was guarded by a terrible dragon, who never failed to devour, at one mouthful, every person who might venture within his reach.
But, in my view of the matter, the dragon is merely a pretty large serpent, who is not half so likely to snap me up at one mouthful as I am to cut off his ugly head, and strip the skin from his body.
And Orpheus (whose custom it was to set everything to music) began to harp and sing most gloriously, and made every mother's son of them feel as if nothing in this world were so delectable as to fight dragons, and nothing so truly honorable as to be eaten up at one mouthful, in case of the worst.
"I have heard," rejoined the youth, "that a dragon lies beneath the tree on which the prize hangs, and that whoever approaches him runs the risk of being devoured at a mouthful."
And therefore, though he would gladly have seen Jason snapped up at a mouthful, he was resolved (and it was a very wrong thing of this wicked potentate) not to run any further risk of losing his beloved Fleece.
Indeed, it had heretofore been a great inconvenience to these poor animals, that, whenever they wished to eat a mouthful of grass, the fire out of their nostrils had shriveled it up, before they could manage to crop it.
'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand, carried him into a little stable, and locked him in behind a grated door.
So we crept into the cave, which did not appear to be very big, and huddling ourselves together for warmth, swallowed what remained of our brandy--barely a mouthful each--and tried to forget our miseries in sleep.
Jo Travers, of the London Nutritionist blog, suggests a good way of ensuring we chew our food well is to put down our cutlery between mouthfuls.
Portion important Try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls to help you pace yourself.
But, surprisingly, it was the slogan under the banner headline - "mouthfuls of loveliness" - that the punter took most exception to.
"My tongue, cheeks and even my forehead erupted and waves of panic accompanied the bravado mouthfuls that followed.
"At the audition stage we had some frightening times with some genuinely bad mouthfuls! It's amazing how many cooks don't taste their food enough."
According to Sin Chew Daily, the two-minute video clip posted on YouTube showed Chen taking three mouthfuls of slimy stuff from a paper container while in a toilet.
What we don't want to see is wee Eck pitching in his tuppence-worth between mouthfuls of Scotch pie, banging on about an independent Scotland.