the gift of the gab

the gift of (the) gab

The ability to speak to others in a self-assured, persuasive manner. Alexis really has the gift of gab, so she should be the one to address the potential investors.
See also: gab, gift, of

gift of gab

Talent for verbal fluency, especially the ability to talk persuasively. For example, His gift of gab made him a wonderful salesman. [Late 1700s]
See also: gab, gift, of

the gift of the gab

BRITISH or

the gift of gab

AMERICAN
If someone has the gift of the gab, they are able to speak confidently, clearly, and in a persuasive way. He was entertaining company and certainly had the gift of the gab. Thompson has the gift of the gab and is a born communicator. He was a pleasant little man with spiked hair, a black pipe, and a great gift of gab. Note: This expression may be related to the Irish and Gaelic word `gab', which means mouth.
See also: gab, gift, of

the gift of the gab

the ability to speak with eloquence and fluency.
Gab , dating from the late 18th century, was an informal word for ‘conversation or chatter’. In Scotland it was associated with gab , an early 18th-century dialect variant of gob meaning ‘the mouth’.
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the gift of the ˈgab

(British English) (American English a gift of/for ˈgab) (informal, sometimes disapproving) the ability to speak easily and to persuade other people with your words: To be a successful sales executive you need the gift of the gab. Gab is possibly from the Irish word for mouth. The Irish have a reputation as good talkers.
See also: gab, gift, of

gift of gab

Fluency of speech; also, a tendency to boast. Gab, both the noun meaning “speech” and the verb meaning “to chatter,” is believed to have come from the Gaelic dialect word gob, for “mouth.” Indeed it so appeared in Samuel Colvil’s Whiggs Supplication (1695): “There was a man called Job . . . He had a good gift of the Gob.” During the next century it became gab, as in William Godwin’s Caleb Williams (1794): “He knew well enough that he had the gift of the gab.” Later “the” was dropped.
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References in classic literature ?
Time after time I've missed scoring a point because the other man has had the gift of the gab and I haven't.
"People will tell you that I have the gift of the gab and that's vital in my job.
He was, according to my cousin, a star salesman, 'Hear him Bob,' said my cousin, 'He has the gift of the gab!' Which meant he could talk fast and easily because words came to his mind and out of his mouth faster than a speeding race car.
They are both Londoners with the gift of the gab and a wealth of brilliant anecdotes to tell.
"It's not just that we've got the gift of the gab but that we're also quite keen to meet new people, engage with them and get to know them."
The Irish gave us poetry, the gift of the gab, draft Guinness and Dave Allen.
We have the gift of the gab and I've got the gift and the gab."
IF you've got the gift of the gab and like nothing more than enjoying a drink in your local and tucking into some hearty pub grub, a vacancy has become available that should be right up your street, A Gateshead pub has launched a search for the UK's first ever 'Pub-licist' and is encouraging locals to apply for the coveted role - which will include drinking beer and catching up with friends.
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Blessed with the gift of the gab, Jordan excels and decides to open his own firm, Stratton Oakmont, with salesman Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill).
Rumour has it Olivier, also 46, didn't have the gift of the Gab and a brawl broke out.
But when word gets out to the animals that Griffin will soon be leaving, they realize the only way to keep him around is to reveal they have the gift of the gab. Perhaps with a little dating advice from his friends in the animal kingdom, this lonely zookeeper will manage to meet the girl of his dreams without losing the job he loves.
Because Jim does have the gift of the gab, he's just twisted it for his own sick purposes - and that is to avoid being brought back into the boardroom.
Kissing the stone is reckoned to give you the gift of the gab. Certainly in the car afterwards, I couldn't stop talking about the views from the top.
A YOUTH from a Warwickshire school with the gift of the gab has won a regional public speaking competition.