hold forth

FORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb hold forth.

Meaning: to talk about a topic for a long time, often in a way that other people find boring

For example:

  • hold forth As Mark held forth on a range of topics, those caught in his circle started to yawn and look at their watches.

  • hold forth on sth All through dinner Ruth held forth on her favourite subject - herself.

Quick Quiz:

Stuart likes to hold forth on a range of subjects whenever he can

a. get away from people

b. find the time to read

c. find an audience

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