pass the time of day


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pass the time of day

To chat, gossip, or exchange pleasantries (with someone). I love walking down to the local shop and passing the time of day with everyone in the neighborhood along the way.
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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

exchange a greeting or casual remarks.
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pass the time of ˈday (with somebody)

greet somebody and have a short conversation with them about things that are not very important: I don’t know any of the neighbours very well, only just enough to pass the the time of day.
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pass the time of day

To exchange greetings or engage in pleasantries.
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or the man who stops by the fence to pass the time of day with a woman
WITH regard to Cllr Morby being accused of using council facilities for non-council work (something which I strongly disagree with in this case) was the complaint made simply to pass the time of day, was it to fill in a spare few minutes in between meetings?
The small building had many lives - grocery store, print shop, post office and a place where local residents met to pass the time of day and decide major issues about the town.
Duchovny grew up in the East Village and apparently, just like the movie's 13-year-old protagonist, used to pass the time of day talking to soul sisters at the Women's House of Detention.
My grandfather was a lovely old boy who could never pass a flea market or junk shop without stopping to look and pass the time of day.
One said: "I only knew the family to pass the time of day.
When two vehicles stop when passing each other on Main Street to briefly pass the time of day that might qualify as gridlock.
The bar staff always know him; punters pass the time of day.
Folk walking past, joggers, dog walkers, courting couples, stopped to pass the time of day, telling us about Slaithwaite.
People were lovely, they couldn't wait to pass the time of day or discuss their purchases or, in the case of one woman, invite me to sniff their perfumed arm.
Chris, 57, said: "She first caught my bus on August Bank Holiday 1988 and after that she was a regular passenger and we'd chat 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.
You were always meeting people, the customers were from all walks of life, and we could sit and talk and pass the time of day.
That's true - what some nutters do to pass the time of day interests me, I wouldn't copy them, though, obviously.
Someone can catch your eye, make you smile, or even pass the time of day, and you can feel fortified from this today.