spiel (spēl, shpēl) Informal
A lengthy or extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.
intr. & tr.v. spieled, spiel·ing, spiels
To talk or say (something) at length or extravagantly.
[German, play, or Yiddish shpil, both from Middle High German spil, from Old High German.]
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