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spout off

1. To speak (about someone or something) in a particularly boastful or arrogant manner. My date kept spouting off about how important she is in her job and how much money she makes, never even asking what I do for a living.
2. To speak for a tedious or exasperating length of time. My father in law never fails to spout off about his various journeys around the world whenever we see him. I always let my mind wander whenever Dan starts spouting off about politics like that.
3. To utter something in a brash, unwelcome, or unpleasant manner. Dan, please stop spouting off intimate details about our private life like that—we're in a public restaurant! He spouted off some very technical, longwinded answer that made absolutely no sense whatsoever.
See also: off, spout

spout off

 (about someone or something)
1. to brag or boast about someone or something. Stop spouting off about Tom. Nobody could be that good! Alice is spouting off about her new car.
2. to speak out publicly about someone or something; to reveal information publicly about someone or something. I wish you wouldn't spout off about my family affairs in public. There is no point in spouting off about this problem.
See also: off, spout

spout off

v.
1. To speak continuously and tediously: I dread spending an evening with my cousins and listening to them spout off about their last vacation.
2. To utter something that is long-winded and tedious: I'd hoped for a simple answer, but the mechanic spouted off a technical explanation that confused me even more. The tour guides have to memorize the speech until they can spout it off without effort.
See also: off, spout
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Nigel Farage spouted off on Twitter this week: "Macron will take powers away from the French while Le Pen will protect it.
spouted off against a bunch of 4th-graders in the House gallery who were there only because their teacher had read about some other 4th-grade teachers who had done the same thing.
Also, did he not think to check the league table before he spouted off? What has Newcastle United's form got to do with the point which he was making in the article?
John Duykers impressively spouted off all sorts of idiotic ideas as the pompous Captain.
The reality TV matriarch spouted off in a series of strange postings on her Twitter, complaining after the venue she is staying at only provided her with two towels, reports the Daily Star.
The Huffington Post apparently drew the ire of cartoonist Daryl Cagle, who spouted off about a Huff Post listing of "Ten Features That Are Dying with your Newspaper." Among them are, you guessed it, editorial cartoons.
Later in the program, GOP operative Karl Rove spouted off, "Yeah, look, America is a nation built on faith."
In October, Nestle spouted off in a full-page newspaper ad that "most water bottles avoid landfill sites and are recycled," that "bottled water is the most environmentally responsible consumer product in the world," and that "Nestle Pure Life is a Healthy, Eco-Friendly Choice." The green organizations, consisting of Friends of the Earth Canada, the Polaris Institute, the Council of Canadians, Wellington Water Watchers, and Ecojustice, say the statements made by Nestle Waters Canada are in contravention of the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards.
The Big Brother star spouted off as she waited outside to give evidence over a recent beach brawl.
The gauntlet was thrown down to me after I spouted off about the state of Belfast city centre.
In the finals Nilton Nieves skated awesome, then he spouted off some weird Half-Life talk at every opportunity.
For example, Figaro (Nicholson) spouted off a fast run of Italian with no accompanying surtitles, only to run to the front of the stage and look up at the empty screen.
The girl she spouted off about may be a size 16, but at least Carol Lynch may have an abundance of something else Geri doesn't have - talent.
PREMIERSHIP referees have done plenty of whingeing this season, and many a club chairman has spouted off about how hard life is.