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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.
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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.
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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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KNOWN for spouting off, Donald Trump caused a splash on Twitter yesterday by writing he met the "Prince of Whales".
We are finally breaking the taboo about men's mental health issues so it is very unhelpful when you have role models like Ant spouting off outdated macho rhetoric.
So Mr Pat McFadden Labour MP is spouting off about our PM Theresa May's possible no deal Brexit scenario.
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So if you're tired of hearing blowhards spouting off misinformation about climate change, history, evolution, medicine, and more, "Debunk It!" is the book for you.
What, however, concerns me most is the large number of MPs who have shares in private health companies and stand to profit, at the same time as spouting off praise for all the great people who work in the NHS.
Indeed all they appear to be consistently involved in is repeatedly spouting off referring to immigration while knowing full well - and this is the nauseating bit - that, as full members of the EU, previous British governments of both left and right signed up to policies decades ago which allow EU citizens the right to free movement throughout Britain and Northern Ireland and to work throughout the EU too as European citizens.
McCluskey reminds me very much of a man in the 1970s who was known as Red Robbo and stood on his soap box and spouting off at the car workers.
No matter how much you believe all publicity is good publicity, being universally criticised -- and then spouting off about the UGC in equally libellous terms -- doesn't quite count as a win for anyone.
WILLIAMSBURG -- To prepare for the second round of the presidential debates, President Barack Obama retreated this weekend to the environs of this historic village, where actors in 18th-century garb wander about spouting off in colonial diction.
I know my memory isn't what it used to be, but wasn't it only recently that the industry was spouting off about how the impor- tance of Arabic creatives at the helm could not be overstated and any and all creative achievements were due to some form of creative Arab Spring?