1. [1910s+] verbal effusiveness, usu. nonsensical.
2. [1920s+] any form of story (poss. mendacious) designed to elicit money or sympathy, to provide excuses etc.
3. in non-verbal sense, nonsense, absurdity.
4. [2000s] a fit of temper.
[1990s+] one who offers only empty boasts and promises.
[1970s] (UK Und.) confidence tricksters.
[1930s–50s] to tell a deceitful story.