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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
spiel
noun
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Cliff was still delivering his spiel upstairs.
▪ He goes off into a little spiel.
▪ If Klepner's gonna get his job he may as well do the spiel.
▪ The officer steadied himself by grasping the windshield, but didn't miss a beat in his spiel.
▪ The other fellow is parading further down the beach and I can hear him giving the spiel to other people.
▪ This would be a shame and later in this spiel I have put down some thoughts on the matter.
▪ When my turn comes I condense my spiel and show my three-by-five card.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
spiel

"glib speech, pitch," 1896, probably from verb (1894) meaning "to speak in a glib manner," earlier "to play circus music" (1870, in a German-American context), from German spielen "to play," from Old High German spilon (cognate with Old English spilian "to play"). The noun also perhaps from German Spiel "play, game."

Wiktionary
spiel

n. 1 A lengthy and extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade. 2 A fast excuse or sales pitch. vb. To talk at length.

WordNet
spiel

n. plausible glib talk (especially useful to a salesperson) [syn: patter, line of gab]

spiel
  1. v. replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully" [syn: play]

  2. speak at great length (about something)

Wikipedia
Spiel

Internationale Spieltage SPIEL, often called Essen after the city where it is held, is an annual four-day game trade fair which is also open to the public held in October (Thursday to the following Sunday) at the exhibition centre in Essen. With 910 exhibitors from 41 nations (in 2015) SPIEL is the worldwide biggest fair for boardgames. Many new board games are released at the fair each year, especially (but not exclusively) German-style board games, also called euro-games.
While the prices for buying the games at the fair do not tend to be significantly lower than those in retail, the games are typically available sooner than in regular board game shops, they come with promo stuff (mostly extra cards or tokens with a few more game mechanics, but also T-shirts and similar merchandise) and it's an occasion where passionate board-gamers can meet and chat with game designers, illustrators or famous game reviewers.

The fair began in 1983.

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2012

149 000

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2013

156 000

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2014

158 000

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2015

162 000

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Spiel (Stockhausen)

Spiel (Play, or Game) is a two- movement orchestral composition by Karlheinz Stockhausen, written in 1952. Withdrawn by the composer after its first performance, it was later revised and restored to his catalogue of works, where it bears the work-number ¼. The score is dedicated to the composer's first wife, Doris.

Usage examples of "spiel".

The bargain basement ambience of the office lent credibility to the spiel.

Kadaver eines Hirsches das, meine ich, solltest du mir verzeihen , sondern weil meine Welt, so gut wie die deine, auf dem Spiel steht.

Jugend gewesen waren, wenn sie geglaubt hatte, sie habe ihrem Bruder ein Spiel gewinnen helfen.

When Trace rejoined her, the auctioneer had already begun his rhythmic spiel to exhort bids from the large crowd on the first item, but Pilar was still sitting under the tree.

I could, but on the day before we landed, after a long spiel by him as to what a brain Steevens must have, I finally had to burst.

The farm boy did not stop at the high-striker, and I kept my spiel unspooling as I watched him pass by, and not ten minutes later I saw a second beast.

But she quickly learned it was inefficient to try the spiel extemporaneously and resorted to the script Jackie had made for her.

Flushing, Rand launched into the spiel he had perfected at inns before this.

Die geschichtliche Wandlung der Rechts, in welcher vergangene Jahrhunderte halb ein Spiel der Zufalls und halb ein Werk vernunftelnder Willkur sahen, als gesetzmassige Entwickelung zu begreifen, war das unsterbliche Verdienst der von Mannern wie Savigny, Eichhorn und Jacob Grimm gefuhrten historischen Rechtsschule.

Gavin noticed that a student who had been nodding vigorously throughout the spiel and making approving noises strode forward to place his identification card against a reading, but he was clearly a shill, and only one or two doubtful students followed.

The farm boy did not stop at the high-striker, and I kept my spiel unspooling as I watched him pass by, and not ten minutes later I saw a second beast.

Smith bought it whole, Considine second-hand, when he ran his prerehearsed spiel on how he would completely alter his haircut and clothes to fit the role of Commie idealist.

When Catso finally finished his spiel Karney agreed to the job, not for the money, but because saying yes would get him back to the knot soonest.

Wie beim SchachSpielprogramm, bei dem die Maschine mit jedem Spiel besser wurde, war auch dieses Programm so eingerichtet, daß die Maschine für alles neue Antworten „lernen“ sollte.

Somehow, after that name had been uttered, he had ceased to listen to the remainder of Minton's governmentese spiel.