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Say or recite something rapidly and without apparent effort.‘she proceeded to reel off in rapid Italian the various dishes of the day’
recite, rattle off, loose off, fire off, list rapidly, run through, enumerate, detail, itemizespiel offView synonyms
- ‘With a proud full-beam smile, she reels off Phoebe's attributes.’
- ‘On an indifferently decorated stage, he reeled off a lecture-demo.’
- ‘The tale's first half is told from Abe's perspective; old and alone, he reels off wistful tales of his days as a salesman, chronically teetering between regret and distant pride.’
- ‘Chic Charnley, who reels off a long list of clubs that he has assisted, was in great form in inspiring Partick's under-21s this past week.’
- ‘He reels off a series of allegations, most of which have either been positively discredited or remain wholly unsubstantiated.’
- ‘Shorter plays tenor far more than soprano, and reels off solo after solo that re-emphasise why he is special.’
- ‘The screen fades to green, and the names of all 336 tributaries are slowly reeled off, in apparent contrast to the vagaries of story-telling.’
- ‘Germany's third defeat under Klinsmann saw the nation's powerful tabloid media reel off a long list of shortcomings.’
- ‘But what about the regular roll call of comparisons critics love to reel off?’
- ‘There are follow-ups once camp's ended but there needs to be much more, said Dr Gately who reels off other ideas such as all-year-round camps, day camps and after-school clubs.’
- ‘He reels off a list of the exotic destinations stamped on the Riddle suitcases: Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, Mauritius, Japan, the Seychelles and regular visits to the United States.’
- ‘Fortier reels off countries whose scenes impress him.’
- ‘Ours starts badly when, 10 minutes in, I jokingly call him a luvvie after he reels off a list of ‘friends’ who all happen to be A-list British actors.’
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