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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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London -- British police has arrested a British man of Pakistani origin for allegedly verbally abusing and misbehaving with an air hostess during a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight.
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Summary: Lebanese employers are not allowed to dismiss their workers verbally, but should instead issue written warnings specifying the reasons for dismissal, a statement issued Tuesday by the Labor Ministry said.
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