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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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