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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pass the time of day

To exchange greetings or engage in pleasantries.
See also: of, pass, time
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pass the time of day, to

To exchange greetings, pleasantries, or chat; engage in small talk. The redoubtable Ebenezer Brewer thought this turn of phrase came from the practice of greeting someone with a remark appropriate to the time of day, such as “Good afternoon.” Whether or not this is true, the term dates from the first half of the nineteenth century and remains current.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Are you really in such a hurry that you have no time to pass the time of day with your friends?"
I was informed treacherously by a young Patrick that neighbor Seeley, an Irishman, in the intervals of the carting, transferred the still tolerable, straight, and drivable nails, staples, and spikes to his pocket, and then stood when I came back to pass the time of day, and look freshly up, unconcerned, with spring thoughts, at the devastation; there being a dearth of work, as he said.
The air was full of bees--bees sallying forth for honey, bees returning with honey, bees trampling on each other's heels, bees pausing in mid-air to pass the time of day with rivals on competing lines of traffic.
Tony Cross, chair of the Northern Quarter Forum, said: "We want a traffic-free square, we want to restore it to what it was in the past - a place for radical political and creative thinkers to assemble; a place for people to pass the time of day but most of all a place to breath the clean air that should be the oxygen of Manchester's future."
It is supposed hands will There is a sea and small open Captain T message in a." Paul added: "This was a time, of course, befor radio and telegraph when there would be no other means of communication for a vessel in distress - or for a sailor to pass the time of day - than putting a message in a bottle.
He would pause briefly to pass the time of day and allow me to stroke the panting dogs.
We were in the campervan, it was a lovely spot and we thought 'let's have a brew-up.' Folk walking past, joggers, dog walkers, courting couples, stopped to pass the time of day, telling us about Slaithwaite.
But that's supposed to be a joke to pass the time of day, not the real thing.
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.
Silence, golden silence How I love your soft sweet tune Only the sound of silence On this sunny afternoon Not many have the time to stop Just for a little while To take in the gifts of God Just sitting on a stile All they wish to do Is go hurrying on their way Not even have the time to stop To pass the time of day Hurry, hurry, is man's modern way No wonder things they do Very soon go wrong Man used to walk more slowly Slowly on his way Find a precious moment For a kindly word to say Could make a lonely person A happy, happy day.
She is not at all tuneful and doesn't whistle to attract attention, but seems to do it just to pass the time of day.
We meet a man who is sitting on a bench enjoying the sunshine and stop to pass the time of day.
Some of the older members of the family took a brief nap, stretched out next to the sofreh after lunch, then whisked out playing cards to pass the time of day. My cousins and I set up our own games, playing alakdolak with twigs and sticks, or we rolled dice, or played some other game of luck.
The local people were very welcoming, and we had a chat with one villager who was more than happy to pass the time of day with us, it was just a pity we had to come away from such a quiet and relaxed place, but Radford is still home to us.
One said: "I'd see him from time to time to pick up (clients) and knew him to pass the time of day with.