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a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on

A humorous phrase emphasizing the lack of value and reliability in an oral contract. Typically attributed to 20th-century movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, though the phrase is likely a misquote. Get everything in writing, Jean. How many times do I have to tell you—a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on.

verbal assault

Very hostile speech directed at someone. Don't talk to Stan today—I just tried to ask him a simple question, and I got a verbal assault. A: "Why are you crying?" B: "The professor gave me a verbal assault in the middle of my presentation."
See also: assault, verbal

verbal diarrhea

Babbling, longwinded talk; inane and lengthy chatter. Primarily heard in US. I get so nervous when I go out on dates that I always start getting verbal diarrhea and sounding like a fool.
See also: diarrhea, verbal
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Alan Roger Currie was arguably the first book author and professional dating coach to begin placing a high degree of emphasis on helping men to improve their verbal game with women, and more specifically, verbal game that is extremely self-assured, audacious, upfront, straightforwardly honest, and very persuasive, smooth, and seductive.
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In short, doctors and allied health professionals must be trained in both verbal and non-verbal communication not only as part of regular syllabus taught in medical colleges but also in actual clinical contexts.
When pitching an initiative, entrepreneurs apply verbal and nonverbal communication behaviors to convince potential investors to fund their project.
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The only scholar to date who attempted to trace the spread of the verbal noun forming suffix -ail in detail was Brian O Cmv in his seminal article entitled 'The Verbal Noun Ending -ail and Related Forms' (1980).
Nos capitulos iniciais de Verbal Behavior, Skinner propos uma analise cientifica para o tema linguagem, a qual deveria ser compreendida por meio de analises funcionais capazes de identificar e descrever as relacoes estabelecidas entre respostas verbais e variaveis ambientais de controle.
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY:1.To provide the sound understanding regarding the role of non verbal communication in teaching.2.To examine the uses non verbal communication tactics during the teaching for enhancing students performance and motivation toward learning.3.To recommend the suggestion for using the non-verbal communication in teaching practice.3.
Given these relationships, Skinner provided categories for the analysis of verbal behavior, called verbal operants.
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