talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey

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talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey

To talk endlessly and exhaustingly. I love my Aunt Lily, but she'd talk the hind legs off a donkey if you let her!
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talk the hind leg off a donkey

BRITISH
If you say that someone could talk the hind leg off a donkey, you mean that they talk a lot. You won't be short of conversation with Adrian. He could talk the hind leg off a donkey.
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talk the hind leg off a donkey

talk incessantly. British informal
In 1808 talking a horse's hind leg off was described as an ‘old vulgar hyperbole’ in Cobbett's Weekly Political Register , but the version with donkey was current by the mid 19th century. In 1879 Anthony Trollope mentioned talk the hind legs off a dog as an Australian variant.
1970 Nina Bawden The Birds on the Trees Talk, talk—talk the hind leg off a donkey, that one.
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talk the hind leg(s) off a ˈdonkey

(informal, humorous) (usually used with can or could) talk for a long time: He would make a good politician — he could talk the hind legs off a donkey!
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"He'd talk the hind legs off a donkey. Even if he was injured and not involved, he would always be helping out, always be in your ear, telling you what might work, what mightn't work.
I can talk the hind legs off a donkey but I can also provide a listening ear to intelligent young people who may be suffering depression or need to discuss issues.
I can cook a decent chilli, I can talk the hind legs off a donkey after a couple of glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and, well, I like eating.
He added: "Everyone knew him because he was so chatty he could talk the hind legs off a donkey, he was that type of character.
The infectious chuckle, the naughty glint in her eye and, as she puts it, the ability "to talk the hind legs off a donkey" has made her one of TV's best loved faces.
Do you have green fingers, the skills to inspire young minds or the ability to talk the hind legs off a donkey? If your answer is yes then Saltholme needs you!
Chatty Rachel and Vicky Pollardalike Rebecca could talk the hind legs off a donkey. (Lisa, you'd better watch those legs.)
"When Simon spoke to me and said, 'we want you to do this job because you like people', I'd never really thought of it like that, but the more I do the job the more I realise I can genuinely talk the hind legs off a donkey!"