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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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Lack of space prevents me from expatiating on this theme at present, but perhaps we can return to it some time in the future.
And Rhenanus is much more restrained than were his humanist contemporaries in expatiating on Tacitus's reference in 37.
Although there is good evidence for Tocqueville's affinity with Pascal, for example, he is cited only a few times by Tocqueville, fleetingly, which does not deter Lawler from expatiating on the affinity over some 50 pages.
Such a score could help guide jaded audiences to an Ayckbourn who depicts the seaminess of modern life rather than windily expatiating about it - or better yet, to a Shaw who clothes his indignation about capitalism in complexity by making its representatives charming and likeable, though the consequences of their actions are horrifying.
Gray thankfully moves on from expatiating upon the "message" of Darwinism to describe the two historical episodes that are the core of this work.
Virginia Woolf wrote in hers daily, expatiating on yesterday's parties, ideas, and dinner conversations.
Expatiating smugly on the demise of Native Americans, Josiah Nott exemplifies the specious causality that haunts so much ethnographic discourse of this period: