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.
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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
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.
A lot of the TOWIE cast have the gift of the gab - but when it comes to blagging, could newcomer Tommy Mallet be top dog?
Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Dom's got the gift of the gab.
Blessed with the gift of the gab, Jordan excels and opens his own very successful firm.
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.
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.
Some folk just don't have the gift of the gab, do they, as Gordon 'gift of the gaffe' Brown demonstrated yet again with his mean-spirited "she's just a sort of bigoted woman" dismissal of poor everybigot Gillian Duffy.
A YOUTH from a Warwickshire school with the gift of the gab has won a regional public speaking competition.
The shop is also looking for someone good with figures who can help report on its performance and there's also a role for those with the gift of the gab, who would enjoy contacting local organisations to encourage donations.
So, this is a warning - just because a person wears a nice suit and has the gift of the gab - do not be fooled; underneath may lurk a snake who will betray your trust and exploit your hard work.
Prettiest of them all, though, according to our spy was Geordie estate agent Phillip who definitely had the gift of the gab.
Brown said: "He's a tremendous talent, he's got the gift of the gab and he certainly will make it known who the gaffer is.