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expatiate on (someone or something)

To speak or write about someone or something at length. Don't ask Uncle Harry about his collection of antique binoculars unless you want to hear him expatiate on it for hours on end.
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expatiate on someone or something

to say or write many words about someone or something. She expatiated endlessly on the evils of tobacco. I have heard you expatiate on Harry quite enough, thank you.
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Finally, Kapila Vatsyayan, while concentrating on the role the Ramayana has played in shaping the arts of south and southeast Asia, from there expatiates on the relation between the thematic Ramayana core and its many variants.
She expatiates with an intriguing reading of "A une passante" as a photograph (an "eclair," imprinting an indelible image, the permanent presence of absence), relating her vision to Barthes' Camera obscura.
Expatiates in Beijing generally disdain the strong alcohol.
Even as the sunbeam passes through water or through solid crystal, and does not divide it or separate, within the gathered mantle the mind dares so to penetrate to the forbidden region: there it expatiates, there it contemplates the truth of so many marvels each by each; then to Desire it narrates and describes them and makes thereby his flames more vivid in him.
Laguens expatiates on Geijerstam's important contribution to Heredian studies and reiterates her warning that Heredia's literary Aragonese may well not be representative of the Aragonese of the period in general (p.
His approach is that of closely-focused (even finicky), but rewarding, readings of key passages from eight Queneau novels, though he expatiates persuasively.
However painful this dialogue may have been, here Bobbio expatiates at great length upon its necessity, particularly by the rights that these interlocutors had won by resisting barbarism.
Pollens expatiates at length on the subtle but significant differences in the actions of the three pianofortes and in the ca.
As he does throughout the book, Armour expatiates on this idea by showing both the place it has in Spinoza's philosophy and its further development in Hegel's philosophy.
One such crux occurs in Letter III, at a point where Lien Chi Altangi expatiates on the peculiar standards of feminine beauty that set the Chinese apart from the rest of mankind.
Now there is greater focus on increasing investments and property ownerships from expatiates already living and working in Dubai.
An Iranian official says fewer than 1 percent of Iranian expatiates are subject to arrest and prosecution if they return home, although the Foreign Ministry last year said about 5 percent of Iranian expatriates will be arrested for crimes upon their return.
Geneva, (SANA Delegate), Deputy Foreign and Expatiates Minister Fayssal Mikdad affirmed that the official delegation of the Syrian Arab republic taking part in Geneva 2 conference tries since the beginning of the conference to present modest ideas not to have the conference reach a dead-end, but the other side and those who stand behind it tries to take the conference to that end.
The Committee will also create a vision about the necessary factors to ensure the sustainability and success of human resources in the private sector and the replacement of the expatiates with national trained manpower.