discourse (up)on (something)

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discourse (up)on (something)

To talk about something at length. If he discourses about this abstract theory any longer, I'm going to fall asleep.
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discourse (up)on

someone or something to lecture about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I would like to discourse upon this matter awhile. The committee chose to discourse on Tom and his latest fiasco rather than deal with the budgetary problems it faces.
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References in classic literature ?
Certain machinery in the body of the nun on the leads over the door was cleaned up and put in motion, so that the figure shook its head paralytically all day long, to the great admiration of a drunken, but very Protestant, barber over the way, who looked upon the said paralytic motion as typical of the degrading effect wrought upon the human mind by the ceremonies of the Romish Church and discoursed upon that theme with great eloquence and morality.
discoursed upon the strange events which were occurring in the governor's family.
Here we learn that, contrary to what is often stated, Hans von Wolzogen never employed the term, but that a number of other writers such as Francis Hueffer, Heinrich Dorn, and Ottokar Hostinsky had discoursed upon Wagner's "leitmotive" before the 1876 appearance of Wolzogen's first thematic guide.