In Sweet Smell of Success (1957), press agent Sidney is being confident about the threat he and his newspaper columnist J.J. pose on J.J.’s younger sister’s lover, Dallas:

Sidney: In brief, J.J., it's all over, because any hour now, that boy will give her up. Now, is it a farce, or is it?

J.J: Sidney, this syrup you're giving out with...you pour over waffles, not J.J. Hunsecker.

What does "giving out with" mean?

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It simply means 'saying'.

It's a very stylised, ungrammatical, piece of dialect.

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    There is maybe an implication of an excessive, or at least plentiful, amount of 'saying'. Commented Oct 19, 2022 at 9:13
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    I have heard Cockneys say things like 'There he was, giving it out with all that', meaning 'There he was, being boastful'. Commented Oct 19, 2022 at 13:01

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