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  • n  flattery intended to persuade
  • n  loud and confused and empty talk
  • v  speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
  • v  influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    He palavered her into going along
  • v  have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

  • The palaver apparently paid off.
  • Since Socrates, after considerable palaver, raised the poison cup of hemlock and escaped the indignity of public execution, modern nations have decided that a man under sentence .
  • Never mind the popular palaver about a good marriage as a source of bliss for the couple, security for the kids and stability for society.

  • Marcello Lippi in Sydney Morning Herald
    Every coach has his cross to bear, a player with public and press pressure behind him,added Lippi. "This doesn't create a problem for me and I don't give explanations because they cause more of a palaver than they are worth."
  • Chris Martin in Digital Spy
    I find it pretty embarrassing, all the palaver [over Jay-Z's booking],Martin said.
  • Tony Blair in The Canberra Times
    In an interview for Christmas Voices, Mr Blair says, "It would have caused such a palaver if I had done it while I was still in office."

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