spiel

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  • noun (to give) a speech or talk, particularly a glib or persuasive patter. The expression may also encompass hard luck stories or lengthy excuses. The word originated in the 19th century, deriving from the German spieler (a player) or spielen (to play), as applied to card-sharps, hence hucksters, fast-talkers, etc.
  • verb (to give) a speech or talk, particularly a glib or persuasive patter. The expression may also encompass hard luck stories or lengthy excuses. The word originated in the 19th century, deriving from the German spieler (a player) or spielen (to play), as applied to card-sharps, hence hucksters, fast-talkers, etc.
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