talking of somebody/something

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talking of (someone or something)

With regards to the person or thing just mentioned or being discussed. A: "We need to get the tires checked on the car soon." B: "Talking of cars, there is a great deal on second-hand cars at the dealership down the road." Talking of Mary, we need to fill out her application form soon.
See also: of, talk

talking of somebody/something

(spoken, especially British English) used for saying that you intend to say more about somebody/something just mentioned: ‘I was out last night with Dave, Mark and Angela...’ ‘Talking of Mark, did he tell you about his latest business idea?’
See also: of, somebody, something, talk
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She was not in a humour, however, to regard it as an affront, and affecting to take no notice of what passed, by instantly talking of something else, she internally resolved henceforward to catch every opportunity of eyeing the hair and of satisfying herself, beyond all doubt, that it was exactly the shade of her own.
I'm sorry I've broken in on your feminine parliament," he said, looking round on every one discontentedly, and perceiving that they had been talking of something which they would not talk about before him.
We are talking of something like a 600-room hotel which is being now supplied by local companies-that is really a tremendous growth,' Bituin said.
Trading Standards said: 'We're talking of something officially classed as an offensive weapon.