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mouthful of marbles

A phrase used to describe the speech of someone who mumbles when talking. I have such a hard time understanding him—he always sounds like he has a mouthful of marbles.
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give (one) a mouthful

To scold or yell at one in anger. Primarily heard in UK. I'm definitely going to give Pete a mouthful for not finishing the report on time.
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say a mouthful

1. To speak at length or voluminously (about something). The senator has already said a mouthful about the issue in press events and on the floor of Congress, but she says this is just the beginning of her campaign. I always say a mouthful when this topic comes up, so tell me to stop if I start rambling.
2. To say something that is particularly poignant, pertinent, or revealing. The executive said a mouthful when he admitted that the company hadn't done enough to protect customers' privacy. This was their worst season in the history of the team, which is saying a mouthful considering how poorly they've done for the last decade.
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say a mouthful

Fig. to say a lot; to say something very important or meaningful. When you said things were busy around here, you said a mouthful. It is terribly busy. You sure said a mouthful, Bob. Things are really busy.
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You (really) said a mouthful.

Inf. Fig. You said exactly what needed to be said.; What you said was very meaningful and had great impact. Bill: Did you hear what I said to her? Jane: Yes. You said a mouthful. Was she mad? Bill: This is the worst food I have ever eaten. It is either stale, wilted, dry, or soggy! Tom: You said a mouthful!
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say a mouthful

Utter something important or meaningful, as in You said a mouthful when you called him a fine musician. This term is often used to express agreement, much as you can say that again is. It was first recorded in 1790.
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give someone a mouthful

talk to or shout at someone in an angry, abusive, or severely critical way; swear at someone. British informal
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say a mouthful

make a striking or important statement; say something noteworthy. North American informal
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1. n. a true statement. You said a mouthful, and I agree.
2. n. a tirade. Paul really gave me a mouthful. I didn’t know I hurt his feelings.
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Put your knife and fork down between each mouthful to give your body time to notice what it's doing.
A third of the students were told to eat as they normally would, another third to pause for ten seconds between swallowing each mouthful and the last group to chew each bite for 30 seconds before swallowing.
Sue and Mel happily started to stuff their faces with the colourful concoctions although the Guinness and Baileys cupcakes proved a mouthful too much for most - the liquorice offering didn't get many takers either.
But on Christmas Day his parents Debbie, 35, and Grant, 37, hope he will try something new as they are going to encourage him to take his first mouthful of savoury food.
At the Mid Wales Mouthful Food Festival visitors can enjoy a wide range of tasty food and drink from 57 of the region's best food producers, with stalls featuring gourmet ingredients, quality local meat and fresh produce, artisan and speciality food.
TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson demonstrates his recipes at the inaugural Mid Wales Mouthful festival, Builth Wells
The man is a presence, undoubtedly; stomping about in his large frame, refracting sunlight from his mouthful of precious stones.
That's a mouthful and a handful, but it doesn't stop there.
4 -- color) Darren Brown, 12, of Quartz Hill gets a mouthful of strawberry funnel cake Saturday at the 15th annual California Poppy Festival in Lancaster.
In the past, the path to perfectly aligned teeth meant a smile marred by a mouthful of metal brackets and wire.
Hyaluronan," a mouthful of a molecule, regulates cell movement and growth.
She claims that moments earlier she had received a mouthful of abuse from her attacker as he manouevred his car past her van in the parking area Blyth Community Hospital and the health centre next to it.
as a quaking contestant on NBC's 'Fear Factor' tries to swallow a mouthful of cow testicles.
Whole wheat means that you can expect a mouthful of healthy phytochemicals plus three to four grams of fiber in your muffin.