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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.
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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Before he spouts off about the socalled virtues of what is misleadingly called the Enlightenment I would recommend that he read an excellent book by John Marsh called, The Liberal Delusion, published by Arena Books (ISBN 978-1-9067971-99-5).
Connery, who spouts off about British politics while living in tax exile in the Bahamas.
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And he should stop because it tarnishes the image of a man who should be remembered for what he does on the field rather than what he spouts off it.
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Met Office national forecaster Steve Randall said: "We did receive a report of two water spouts off the coast of Redcar, but it is a surprisingly common event.
But I also think Mr Trimble should think before he spouts off, especially in this era of 'peace'.
Carlos Alazraqui, the voice of Taco Bell's hot chihuahua, also spouts off in Fox TV's new animated hit Family Guy--as the Family gay.
"She arrives late and and constantly spouts off. Tony seems a bit bemused by it all but was a great sport by taking part."
Gordon when he spouts on about "neo-endogenous growth theory" or Eddie when he spouts off about animals: "Pavlov.
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