Idiom: flowery speech

Flowery speech (or writing) is full of elaborate language (complicated or literary words and expressions).

It is the opposite of speech (or writing) that uses clear and simple language.


Examples of use:

1. He was famous for his flamboyant clothes and flowery speech.

2. Don’t use flowery speech for reports and official letters.

3. The politician gave a very flowery speech but nobody was impressed.

4. I like your room mate, but some of his speech is a bit flowery – sometimes I have no idea what he’s talking about!

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