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make conversation

To chat with someone simply for the sake of talking. I hate having to make conversation with the adults my parents invite to their dinner parties. A: "It's none of your business what I do for work." B: "I was just trying to make conversation, no need to be so sensitive!"
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make conversation

Engage someone in talking purely for its own sake, make small talk, as in She had a real talent for making conversation with strangers. [c. 1920]
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The constant banging of the shop's 40 presses makes conversation impossible.
It's a snug little room that makes conversation with the laid-back locals, total strangers or not, absolutely essential.
The constant whine of drills and electric screwdrivers wielded by a team of a half-dozen technicians makes conversation next to impossible, and the fibrous haze and sweetish smell of sawdust fill the air.
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"With the steady increase in cross-disciplinary research, having a common and consistent set of reports makes conversations about post-award research financials much simpler.
"You can stay at eye level, whether sitting or standing, by adjusting your height remotely, which makes conversations fluid and real," the Daily Mail quoted the firm as saying.
Isaken makes conversations with sixteen Palestinian and Jewish writers and turns attention to their literature at many times, and when possible.
That makes conversations easily accessible and connects users searching for similar content within the community.
The authors use everyday examples to explain what makes conversations difficult and why we avoid them.