shoot the bull


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

shoot the bull

To chat or converse aimlessly or casually. Customers always want to shoot the bull with me in the store before they buy something. I just shot the bull with John for a while when he passed me on the street.
See also: bull, shoot

shoot the bull

 and shoot the crap; shoot the shit
Inf. to chat and gossip. (The same as throw the bull. Use caution with crap, shit.) Let's get together sometime and shoot the bull. You spend too much time shooting the crap.
See also: bull, shoot

shoot the bull

and shoot the crap and shoot the shit
tv. to chat and gossip. (The same as throw the bull.) Let’s get together sometime and shoot the bull. I don’t have time to stand around shooting the crap with these jerks.
See also: bull, shoot

shoot the bull, to

To express one’s opinions on a variety of matters, whether or not one knows a great deal about them. Bull here appears to be a shortening of bullshit, which has meant nonsense, lies, or exaggeration since the early 1900s. A gathering for shooting the bull is called a bull session and traditionally consists entirely of males. Yet another euphemism for shooting the bull is shooting the breeze, which calls up the image of the hot air expended in this kind of a gossip session. To shoot one’s mouth off, on the other hand, means both to talk indiscreetly or tactlessly and to exaggerate.
See also: shoot
References in periodicals archive ?
Two weeks ago, we told you about a potential move by Shoot The Bull to the Rebsamen Park Road area in Little Rock.
Then, he was supposed to draw his bow and rise up to shoot the bull.
Lee Holmes, owner of the new business located across the street from Shoot The Bull, caters to the homeowner by renting tool and rental equipment such as lawn mowers, automotive tool equipment, vacuum cleaners and floor care products.
Once I'd decided to shoot the bull, I didn't pay any attention to his antlers.