pass the time of day


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pass the time of day (with someone)

to chat or talk informally with someone. I saw Mr. Brown in town yesterday. I stopped and passed the time of day with him. No, we didn't have a serious talk; we just passed the time of day.
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pass the time of day (with somebody)

to talk in a friendly way with someone She often stopped to pass the time of day with her neighbors.
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pass the time of day

to have a short conversation with someone about things which are not important (often + with ) The old man liked to pass the time of day with his neighbours.
See hand over the baton, come through with flying colours
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pass the time of day

To exchange greetings or engage in pleasantries.
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We say good morning and pass the time of day, and Guy tells me he can get a very good view of her from our bedroom window
We all know that hurricanes hardly ever happen in Hertfordshire, Herefordshire and Hampshire, but it doesn't take an Eliza Dolittle (no relation to the doctor) to pass the time of day in this magnificent borough.
I would like to publicly acknowledge that Gordon did have a genteel side and he only wanted to pass the time of day.
Putting our heads in the sand, dreaming of a past utopia or simply boss-bashing, might pass the time of day, but it gets us nowhere.
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Combining this with a coffee kiosk with tables and chairs around would be welcome - like the Piazza Navona or Pantheon Square in Rome, where people sit and read papers and drink coffee, take in the architecture and pass the time of day in conversation.
He'd pass the time of day by walking to the town centre and back"
AS I stopped to pass the time of day with a well-known cabinet minister, he virtually shouted "I'm not campaigning".
Service is quick, but no one stopped to pass the time of day on our visit and we can't remember seeing a smile.
Occasionally he comes along with his family to the gym we use in Hamilton and always stops to pass the time of day.
They all had the decency to pass the time of day, yet you think they're snobs and have no time for the fans.
Another local said: "They were quiet people who would wave and pass the time of day.
This little romance is set in a picturesque New England town with the tongue-twisting name of Loblolly by the Sea, a place where firemen shoo deer from front parlors and eccentric locals (including a mysterious woman named Miss Scattergoods) gather in a quaint bookstore to pass the time of day.
Sometimes they want to talk, maybe to pass the time of day or because they're having a specific problem.