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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.
See also: expatiate, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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His approach is that of closely-focused (even finicky), but rewarding, readings of key passages from eight Queneau novels, though he expatiates persuasively.
Teresa in Exclamations of the Soul to God (2.407), addresses God as "true Lord and Brother"; but while she expatiates separately at some length on the first term (Lord-Bridegroom, 417-18), the second is not developed.
is most successful when he expatiates on the Eucharistic or incarnational imagery that he finds in the desert mystics, but least successful in using postmodern methods to explore how the desert is a text and that "all is text." For all its 500 footnotes and 250 bibliographical references, this book leads the reader into the desert but fails to discover sufficient intellectual oases for the trek.
ISLAMABAD -- The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP and HRD) Wednesday claimed that it had resolved over 24 per cent complaints of the Pakistani expatiates, received through its web portal Call Sarzameen.
The government gave the permission after Britain, Germany and Canada made a legally binding undertaking to resettle them within a specified period of time due to "a risk to their lives." The Ministry of Foreign and Expatiates Affairs spokesman, Ambassador Mohammad al-Kayed , said the request was approved for purely humanitarian reasons.
Zreiq highlighted that the second phase of the campaign will be accompanied by organizing bazaars for buying Syrian commodities in the cities where Syrian expatiates live.
Abi Nasr also engaged with Mikati in talks on the right to vote for Lebanese expatiates.
This part of the diary is fascinating since Muhsam not only expatiates on matters political and ideological and tries to take stock of the failed Munich Soviet, he also provides a very moving account of the conditions under which political prisoners lived in Bavaria.
It is a good news that MPs are going to raise the issue of Bahraini passports for the children of Bahraini women married to expatiates. I pray that they succeed in getting it approved.
Arab News visited various areas and interviewed a number of expatiates who rented unauthorized areas in Makkah during this Haj season.
317-20 he expatiates upon the significance of the formula with reference to the destruction of the Biblical city of Ai on the orders of Jehovah.
The Committee also recommended to the ministry to take up these long awaited issues of our expatiates in Saudi Arabia with the visiting delegation.
Amman, April 20 (Petra)-- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatiates spokesman Ambassador, Mohammad al-Kayed, said that Jordan does not want terrorist organizations or sectarian militias on its borders, and will take all necessary steps to protect its security and interests.
The new class of professionally qualified expatiates are driving the affluent segment growth in UAE," Mandagolathur told Gulf News.
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.