hold forth



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hold forth (third-person singular simple present holds forth, present participle holding forth, simple past and past participle held forth)

  1. (transitive) To extend or offer, propose.
  2. (intransitive) To talk at great length.
    Synonyms: expatiate, harangue
    • 1913, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, chapter 5, in Sons and Lovers, London: Duckworth & Co. [], OCLC 855945:
      The girls all liked to hear him talk. They often gathered in a little circle while he sat on a bench, and held forth to them, laughing.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 2, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      [] they did not like him coming round of an evening and drinking weak whisky-and-water while he held forth on railway debentures and corporation loans.
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, published 2012, →ISBN, page 55:
      Warmed to the woman somewhat, I admit it. She holds forth like a man and smokes myrrhy cigarettes through a rhino-horn holder.