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hold forth

To talk about something at length. If grandpa starts holding forth about the weather, we'll be hearing about the Farmers' Almanac all night.
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hold forth (on someone or something)

to speak at great length about someone or something. Sadie held forth on the virtues of home cooking. Sharon is holding forth, and everyone is paying close attention.
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hold forth

Speak in public, especially at great length. For example, Barbara loved to hold forth on the latest discoveries in astronomy. [Second half of 1600s]
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hold ˈforth (about/on something)

(disapproving) speak for a long time about something in a way that other people might find boring: The politician held forth on the importance of living in a society free from social injustice.He’s a real bore. He’s always holding forth about something or other.
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hold forth

v.
To talk at great length: The professor held forth on the subject of classical literature for an hour.
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Pray for those who will stand in the pulpit to hold forth God's word in ways that will become not only healing, but defining and guiding to His flock," Hayford said.
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On Christmas Eve, we did get to hear a recently exhumed Alexander Haig hold forth on whether Oliver Stone's Nixon was historically accurate or not, which is like interviewing the Ayatollah about the veracity of Salman Rushdie's work.
Dove has a depth of understanding of organizational issues, particularly as they pertain to the implementation of technology, that is unparalleled among those who tend to hold forth on such matters.
The world's best-known physicist, whose unified theory of the universe contradicts the big bang theory, Thursday showed off a new computer that plugs him into the Net - and allows him to hold forth on everything from this morning's headlines to tomorrow's theorems.
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But the point--and the beauty--of this is not that we get pontificate or otherwise hold forth, but that you get to communicate with a group of like-minded people who are part of the auto industry.
Photo: (Color) Portland's Pioneer Square is just one spot in the city where musicians regularly hold forth.