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shoot the breeze

To chat or converse aimlessly or casually, without any serious topic of conversation. Customers always want to shoot the breeze with me in the store before they buy something. I just shot the breeze with John for a while when he passed me on the street.
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shoot the breeze

Fig. to chat casually and without purpose. We spent the entire afternoon just shooting the breeze. It was good to shoot the breeze with you, Mary.
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shoot the breeze

Also, shoot or throw the bull . Talk idly, chat, as in They've been sitting on the porch for hours, just shooting the breeze, or The guys sit around the locker room, throwing the bull. The first of these slangy terms, alluding to talking into the wind, was first recorded in 1919. In the variant, first recorded in 1908, bull is a shortening of bullshit, and means "empty talk" or "lies."
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shoot the breeze

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you shoot the breeze, you talk with other people in an informal and friendly way. Goldie does what she likes doing best: shooting the breeze about life, love, and her bad reputation. He's very awkward on social occasions. If you're sitting around a big table in the members' dining room, he won't shoot the breeze like the rest of them. Note: The sense of `shoot' used here is the same as `shoot the rapids', suggesting riding or being carried along by the flow of a conversation.
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shoot the breeze (or the bull)

have a casual conversation. North American informal
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shoot the ˈbreeze

(also shoot the ˈbull/ˈshit taboo) (both American English, informal) talk in a friendly, informal way; chat: We sat around in the bar, shooting the breeze.
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shoot the breeze

tv. to chat casually and without purpose. We spent the entire afternoon just shooting the breeze.
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shoot the breeze

/bull Slang
To spend time talking in an idle manner; talk idly.
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Have a pint in St Ronan's Hotel and see how long it takes for someone to say hello and shoot the breeze.
Shoot The Breeze provided a first success on his first visit to the course for 18-year-old jockey Brian O'Connell who is the son of Turf Club course inspector Val O'Connell.
He used to come out and shoot the breeze with me while I was shoeing his horses,'' Ink says.
A lot of the blokes were keen to shoot the breeze with him but would probably have been less enthusiastic had Jim asked for an introduction to their sisters.
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He'd sit and shoot the breeze with my dad, and he was (the) No.
But the match was halted briefly in the second leg when both players complained of a distracting draught on the oche - and Webster admitted afterwards he wanted to shoot the breeze.
So they're sent to Bruges, a Belgian city rich in quaint architecture and gothic arches, where they get to shoot the breeze - and the odd tourist - in a bloody, entertaining yarn.
A cop sees a group of youths hanging out on a street corner - how can he know if their ``intent'' is simply to shoot the breeze or to ``intimidate neighborhoods''?
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Most evenings, four night-shift workers get together after hours to shoot the breeze and compare relationship scars and personal problems.
He jokes around and we shoot the breeze about old times.
MARTIN JOHNSON walked into the room, took the weight off his feet and began to shoot the breeze.