spiel

A spiel is a lengthy, often glib talk that's intended to persuade or make excuses. Infomercials feature salespeople giving a 30-minute spiel about some product.

Used as a noun or verb, spiel originates from the German word spielen, meaning “to play." It's often somewhat rehearsed and should be greeted with skepticism. Upon turning 16, your child might give you a spiel about why they need a car for their birthday. In a political debate, if your stance doesn't sound original, thoughtful, and earnest, it may just come across as a spiel, leading your audience to think, "Oh, brother, there they go again."

Definitions of spiel
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n plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson)

Synonyms:
line of gab, patter
Type of:
channel, communication channel, line
(often plural) a means of communication or access

v speak at great length (about something)

Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

v replay (as a melody)

Synonyms:
play
play
play on an instrument
Types:
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riff
play riffs
misplay
play incorrectly, e.g., play a wrong note
fiddle
play on a violin
replay
play (a melody) again
prelude
play as a prelude
jazz
play something in the style of jazz
rag
play in ragtime
bugle
play on a bugle
recapitulate, repeat, reprise, reprize
repeat an earlier theme of a composition
slur
play smoothly or legato
bang out
play loudly
modulate
change the key of, in music
tongue
articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
double tongue, triple-tongue
play fast notes on a wind instrument
Type of:
re-create
create anew

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