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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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Him we expected to go on forever, growing old but never less vigorous, holding forth on our sins against civilized life and holding up art as a Way to redemption.
I can still picture Michael on the dais at the university, holding forth in a way that embraced the francophone people in a way that had not happened before.
He was holding forth on his theory that the season of Christmas brings with it its own medication for over indulgence.
We see them playing clunky video games, chasing after small runaway creatures, or holding forth in gibberish from behind colossal laminated desks.
There were only a few of us to count six lighthouses flashing at various points to mark the perils off Prince Rupert, British Columbia; to see a boat pull alongside the stern, illuminate all of its deck lights and tie up briefly at this oceanbound beast in order to collect the Canadian pilot who had guided us from Vancouver; to gaze at the Milky Way's broad, brilliant canopy overhead; to marvel at the North Star, holding forth up ahead like a Chevy headlight on high beam.
But O'Rourke's charm is that he's not one of the self-serious types found haunting the low-rent neighborhood of cable television networks sponsored by NBC, pompously holding forth on the affairs of the day.
Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned: Improvised repartee, with the comic duo holding forth on subjects suggested by the audience and rounding off each show with a rousing rendition of a popular song.