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.
See also: discourse, on
References in classic literature ?
A veritable witness have you hitherto been, Ishmael; but have a care how you seize the privilege of Jonah alone; the privilege of discoursing upon the joists and beams; the rafters, ridge-pole, sleepers, and under-pinnings, making up the frame-work of leviathan; and belike of the tallow-vats, dairy-rooms, butteries, and cheeseries in his bowels.
Then she would light her pipe, and leisurely go over her arrangements, looking things over, and discoursing upon them; making all the young fry scour most vigorously on the tin things, and keeping up for several hours a most energetic state of confusion, which she would explain to the satisfaction of all inquirers, by the remark that she was a "clarin' up." "She couldn't hev things a gwine on so as they had been, and she was gwine to make these yer young ones keep better order;" for Dinah herself, somehow, indulged the illusion that she, herself, was the soul of order, and it was only the young uns, and the everybody else in the house, that were the cause of anything that fell short of perfection in this respect.
Albert was soon deeply engrossed in discoursing upon Paris and Parisian matters, speaking to the countess of the various persons they both knew there.
But he spends the better part of the account discoursing upon light: not illusionistic incandescence pictured within, but illumination that hits the surface from without, a Ryman hallmark that aims to differentiate abstraction as a residual image from the artist's own object-bound marks.
In thinking and talking about complexity, we are faced with the challenge of perceiving and discoursing upon the different domains of discourse that are involved in the attempt to capture and circumscribe the field in question.
In this paradise of simulation, Harold Pinter and Welcome Back, Kotter merge to give us Vincent and Jules discoursing upon Big Macs, foot massages, and divine intervention; if the fact that erstwhile sweathog John Travolta later did a TV movie of Pinter's The Dumb Waiter was forgotten by most people, Tarantino surely wasn't one of them.