gift of the gab

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gift of the gab (plural gifts of the gab)

  1. (idiomatic) The ability to talk readily, glibly, and convincingly, especially on trivial matters and small talk.
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, ch. 43:
      "Ay, that he shall," replied Fagin, "and we'll have a big-wig, Charley: one that's got the greatest gift of the gab: to carry on his defence; and he shall make a speech for himself too, if he likes."
    • 1915, John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps, ch. 4:
      I had meant to speak for ten minutes and must now go on for forty, and, though I've been racking my brains for three hours to think of something, I simply cannot last the course. Now you've got to be a good chap and help me. You're a Free Trader and can tell our people what a wash-out Protection is in the Colonies. All you fellows have the gift of the gab.

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