One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long or fast speech or story, typically one intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse but regarded with skepticism or contempt by those who hear it.‘he delivers a breathless and effortless spiel in promotion of his new novel’
speech, line, patter, pitch, sales pitchView synonyms
- ‘With the building full to standing room only as he delivers his spiel, there is a definite air of sanctity and reverence.’
- ‘He got the hard sell from the men, who gave a spiel about the warehouse accidentally giving them twice the number of speakers ordered.’
- ‘As I stopped to check it out I was swooped upon by the salesman and was given the big spiel.’
- ‘A candidate in my electoral area, accompanied by his daughter, knocked on my door and gave me the spiel.’
- ‘She wasn't finished yet as she continued her spiel without taking a breath.’
- ‘That is provided no-one had the audacity to doubt the spiel by asking questions, to which the lad had no answers.’
- ‘In my volunteering for political campaigns, federal and provincial, I've become fairly ruthless in my spiel.’
- ‘I bought his spiel, and the pager served me well for many years.’
- ‘That didn't surprise me, because he definitely hadn't had time to breathe while delivering his spiel.’
- ‘For the course of the game he pretty much serves no purpose greater than giving you a basic spiel on your next mission.’
- ‘The team got in to a straight line, recognizing the beginning of her spiel.’
- ‘Patricia and Pierre offer to help him practice his spiel.’
- ‘She was always glad to show potential clients how to apply cream and powders, and did free-of-charge makeovers for anyone with the patience to hear her spiel.’
- ‘But others who heard the spiel weren't as convinced.’
- ‘This spiel proved the final straw for the judge, who lashed out at the mother like an avenging angel.’
- ‘And then within minutes, I was actually doing my advocacy spiel on a street corner.’
- ‘After a bit she told me that the previous time we had met I had launched into an identical spiel.’
- ‘The brother met us and gave us the spiel about the dangers of the city.’
- ‘My spiel is, if you're fair-skinned, watch for discolorations.’
- ‘Direct questions on financial issues are answered with opaque spiels on their version of moral principle.’
1Reel off; recite.‘he solemnly spieled all he knew’
reel off, recite, list rapidly, fire off, run through, enumerateView synonyms
- ‘Standing in front of a projected screen that displayed the words ‘In front of them all,’ he spieled out his military lingo with a Mid-Western accent, cycling through pictures and maps of wartime Korea.’
- ‘He half listened as the local news reporters spieled off the latest information and traffic for the morning.’
- ‘Early in the project, when asked by journalists, I simply spieled off theories of excarnation and an inverted underworld.’
- 1.1no object Speak glibly or at length.
give a speech, give a talk, talk, lecture, give a lecture, deliver an address, give a sermon, hold forth, discourse, expound, expatiate, orate, harangue, sermonize, pontificateView synonyms
- ‘The great irony is, of course, with all this information - so much of it flotsam and jetsam - here am I, spieling.’
Late 19th century: from German Spiel ‘a game’.
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