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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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These, together with the vivid examples he offers, give a sense of an almost armchair expatiation of information; the well-documented manuscript sources he draws from promise to be fruitful fields for research in many areas other than history.
Maisie's discomfiture and reluctance begin to melt before the Captain's expatiation of his bemused adoration of Ida.
We might read the play with Aristotle's wonder - at the women's stamina and endurance, their bold expatiation, their curiosity, and their Odyssean impulse to see more.
And each new study that appears of that much maligned monarch strengthens the impression of this reviewer, that our understanding of that failure of judgement requires, above all, a better examination of the dimensions, and the unpredictable novelty, of what Charles was up against, rather than further expatiation upon his personal deficiencies.
I don't know but I submit that if you went through his books and looked for that little grace note that says the good thing about the actor, the good about the play, and then zaps him or her, you will often, in fact, in most cases, not be able to find it because, alas, in some cases this good thing doesn't exist and in other cases the space of the review and the thrust of the review does not allow for that kind of expatiation.
I have only this to add in expatiation. Under my proposals, Police is a residual subject, because the immediate problem of maintaining law and order can only be properly and more effectively tackled by the State Governments.
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(2:181-82) Itself an expatiation, this critical excursus hints at More's approach to this portion of the Essay.
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Themes of educational joy like those evident in 'Madie's Schule' were leavened by more reasoned expatiations on the benefit of self-help, clean living and dignity in labour.
The West is not concerned over proliferation of nuclear bombs but it concerned over Iran's scientific development and progress which is beyond their expatiations, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Behrouz Kamalvand said.
What stands out clearly through these expatiations is the author's option to engage with the sites of Jesus' life, his message, his hard choices and risky actions, rather than the traditional mystified beliefs of sacrificial suffering and death, which often tend to minimize the role of human agency in God's plan of salvation.