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the gift of (the) gab

The ability to speak to others in a self-assured, persuasive manner. Alexis really has the gift of gab, so she should be the one to address the potential investors.
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1. verb To talk or chat. Geez, she's been gabbing on the phone to her friend for an hour already.
2. noun Inane talk or gossip. Don't pay attention to what they're saying—it's all stupid gab.

have the gift of gab

 and have a gift for gab
Fig. to have a great facility with language; to be able to use language very effectively. (See also have a way with words.) My brother really has the gift of gab. He can convince anyone of anything. I don't talk a lot. I just don't have the gift for gab.
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gift of gab

Talent for verbal fluency, especially the ability to talk persuasively. For example, His gift of gab made him a wonderful salesman. [Late 1700s]
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the gift of the gab


the gift of gab

If someone has the gift of the gab, they are able to speak confidently, clearly, and in a persuasive way. He was entertaining company and certainly had the gift of the gab. Thompson has the gift of the gab and is a born communicator. He was a pleasant little man with spiked hair, a black pipe, and a great gift of gab. Note: This expression may be related to the Irish and Gaelic word `gab', which means mouth.
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the gift of the gab

the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency.
Gab , dating from the late 18th century, was an informal word for ‘conversation or chatter’. In Scotland it was associated with gab , an early 18th-century dialect variant of gob meaning ‘the mouth’.
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the gift of the ˈgab

(British English) (American English a gift of/for ˈgab) (informal, sometimes disapproving) the ability to speak easily and to persuade other people with your words: To be a successful sales executive you need the gift of the gab. Gab is possibly from the Irish word for mouth. The Irish have a reputation as good talkers.
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1. in. to chatter; to gossip. Can you stop gabbing just for a minute?
2. n. mindless chatter; gossip. Enough of this gab—on with the show!

gab room

n. a women’s restroom where women are said to chatter. She went to the gab room to powder her nose.
See also: gab, room

the gift of gab

n. the ability to speak well in public; the ability to persuade people verbally; the ability to speak well extemporaneously. I wish I had the gift of gab. I’m just so shy.
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Een exploratieve studie naar de gabbercultuur is Nederland (Gabbers, just nice kids: An explorative study of the gabber culture in the Netherlands).
With daytime gabbers running somewhere between $25 million-S35 million to produce each season, it has become more challenging than ever to make the economic model work.
Finally, at another indie booth, Tony Intelisano was talking up his latest find, one Kietta Mayweather Gamble, who did 13 episodes of a gabber on Orlando's UPN affil and is hoping to get national exposure.
Of course Gabbers was the top scorer for both of those seasons, while this time around Tommy Wright is leading the way with 14 and looks set to top the charts at the end of the campaign.
Fast on 200 beats per minute: The youth culture of gabbers in the Netherlands.
Over the hills and past the rainbow lies that El Dorado of Democrats' dream: the fabled "Heritage of the left" (HotL), the hoped-for think-tank, or really talk-tank, that would be a stable for progressive talking heads competing with right-wing gabbers on cable TV.
I was completely out of the picture for Italy but I was there as a fan and Gabbers came along and did brilliantly.
You don't have to raise your hand or be too schoolish, but make sure the gabbers get plenty of air time.
Both candidates clearly recognized the new media playing field and often proved more accessible to the gabbers and comedians than to the hard news types.
For those who talk a bit more, the $40 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice and for heavy gabbers, the $60 plan offers unlimited voice minutes each month.
Ironically Gabbers and Gatesy became good friends with whom I have shared many a social club stage across our joint territory.
Stations are especially concerned because gabbers like Leno's "Tonight Show" usually lose viewers after the monologue, comedy bits and marquee guests are done.
Its MP3 player, video capture mode and business card reader make the the SCH-V770 a great phone for tech-savvy gabbers.
I agreed, but to be honest Gabbers was never my top priority.