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From the Robert E. Howard Lexicon

“ ‘No friends,’ shouted the spieler, ‘is they any young man here what wants to risk his life in this here ring?’”

-The Iron Man

1. spiel

[spēl, SHpēl]


1. a long or fast speech or story, typically intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse, regarded with skepticism or contempt by those listening:

synonyms: speech, patter, sales pitch, blurb, talk, monologue, rigmarole, story, saga


2. reel off; recite:

 to speak glibly and/or at length.


late 19th cent.: from German Spiel ‘a game.’

Reverent Chandler: The Saga of Fend

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