we need to talk

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we need to talk (about something)

an expression urging or ordering someone to discuss something. Bill: Can I come over tonight? We need to talk about something. Mary: I guess so. "Mr. Franklin," said Bill's boss sort of sternly, "I want to see you in my office for a minute. We need to talk about something."
See also: need, talk, we
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We Need To Talk About Kevin, adapted from the novel by Lionel Shriver, is an extraordinary, haunting and poetic vision documenting the aftermath of a senseless high school massacre from the perspective of the perpetrator's guilt-stricken mother.
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There's an elephant in the room - we need to talk about the elephant,'' Niemeyer said.
I don't think that's cogent to what we need to talk about.
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That's all it is, and if the Air Force insists that allowing us to see and photograph the forty-niners' inscription in Nye Canyon would compromise national security, then we need to talk.
The casino was not advertised as part of the bill, and Indian gaming has ramifications we need to talk about,'' said Jenny Backus, aide to Sen.
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