palaver

[ puh-lav-er, ‐lah-ver ]SEE DEFINITION OF palaver
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The minute they started their drillin' an' palaver, they ought to 'a' been stopped.

Meantime the palaver inside Jim's house went on in the presence of the girl.

Oh, for pity's sake, woman, let me through without any palaver!

I'll palaver to 'em, and tell 'em we just come to pay 'em a visit.

So the governor is coming down here to have a palaver with us.'

With this arrangement all agreed; for surely here was a palaver not to be feared.

So we come out to palaver, an' then they won't let us go back in the ship.

But the end of the palaver did not confirm this supposition.

We understand one another without any palaver, don't we, old fellow?

In palaver thereon I managed to get local fishing-craft exempted.

WORD ORIGIN

1733 (implied in palavering), "talk, conference, discussion," sailors' slang, from Portuguese palavra "word, speech, talk," traders' term for "negotiating with the natives" in West Africa, metathesis of Late Latin parabola "speech, discourse," from Latin parabola "comparison" (see parable). Meaning "idle talk" first recorded 1748. The verb is 1733, from the noun. Related: Palavering.

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