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expostulate about someone or something

 and expostulate on someone or something
to comment or argue intensely about someone or something. He always seems to be expostulating on something. Why can't he simply say "Yes" or "No"? Sam is expostulating on Bill's many shortcomings again.
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Donne's description of the advantages of living knowledge, which one "may examine, controll, and expostulate, and receive satisfaction from the author," emphasizes the importance of searching, sifting, and organizing knowledge as a conversation among equals, where the authority associated with authorship is set to one side.
1 to expostulate with "prayer book" in hand, his words have little of the theatrical drive on display in 2.
Although, as the narrator reveals, "she had as much secret pride in the attachment of the redoubted Henry Gow as a lady of romance may be supposed to have in the company of a tame lion, who follows to provide for and defend her" (Scott 1907: 84), she condemns what his father refers to as Harry's "exploits" (Scott 1907: 39) in so resolute a way that it makes her father expostulate with her.
The problem of There, from the perspective of canonical, gender, and genre location, would be its very indefinability--the way Adnan refuses to expostulate the discourse of a singular fixed subject--"a self exploded and scattered" (There 34) might be reconstructed in the domain of memory but the speaker of There says, "I threw my memories outside the window and they came back, alien, beggars, and witches, leaving me standing like a sword" (There 3-4); a narrative based on the nationalist desire is also rejected; and even the actuality of existence is tied in with the ever-present possibility of annihilation (There 3).
Democratically, too, he wanted room and air for the reader to breathe, to expostulate, to explode in laughter, to share vitally in the whole interchange of reading.
Sophisticated folk titter and groan whenever Prince Charles presumes to expostulate upon matters architectural, and probably did not even bother to notice that in the pages of Perspectives on Architecture, the excellent magazine issued by the Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, the more or less completed library received a cautious encomium.
But, I hear you expostulate, how can you compare the two things?
Guo Moruo explains away this apparent criticism of Zhuangzi in the letter by saying that Wang Xizhi and his friends have so ingrained Daoist ideas of the relativity of all in the cosmos (including life and death) in themselves that they have no need to expostulate at length on it, and look down upon those who feel the need to, even upon Zhuangzi himself.
Rather than expostulate at the time, he waited until the next day when his family raised the matter unprompted.
Table 2 Representative Errors of Patient's Oral Reading Responses to Printed Stimuli Printed Words Oral Responses alertly "alert" alkali "alike" instigator "intimator" unsociable "insatiable" expostulate "expotulate" plagiarism "plagaris" Printed Nonsense Words Oral Responses ab "ad" tash "task" wips "wiks" plen "pled" hets "hast" plon "plas" expram "expam" stabe "stade" telequik "tetequik" subscrate "lubcrate"
Senator from New York, asked Shanker to take a walk with him, ostensibly to expostulate with him about a face-saving settlement on the grounds that the union had little minority support.
CRICKETERS are said to be more intelligent than footballers and it's hard to expostulate.
I'm certain that most of us know the answer to this question, but daren't expostulate for fear of scuppering the Final Round of Talks.
We are here advised, that an Ambassador or Envoye is upon his way hither from the Sophy of Persia, to expostulate with the Czar, for that the Persians are prohibited to Trade farther in this Countrey then Astracan.