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chin-chin

[chin-chin] /ˈtʃɪnˌtʃɪn/
noun
1.
polite and ceremonious speech.
2.
light conversation; chitchat.
verb (used without object), chin-chinned, chin-chinning.
3.
to speak politely and ceremoniously.
4.
to talk casually and lightly; chat.
interjection
5.
(used as a greeting or farewell.)
6.
(used as a toast, as in drinking to someone's health.)
Origin of chin-chin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Chinese qǐng-qǐng please-please
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  • Well, we've got a few minutes left for a chin-chin before we lift her off.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith
  • "chin-chin heap plenty now," said he, with a grin, as Wilbur came up.

  • Which meant: “We are the chin-chin Kobakama; the hour is late; sleep, honorable, noble darling!”

  • We've got to have a chin-chin with Hoang, if he don't get loose aboard there and fire the boat before we can get back.

  • Well, chin-chin, Clive, don't be so long coming down here next time.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • Any one of the liquid waterproof black drawing inks (chin-chin, Pelican, etc.).

  • S'pose Mr. Forrester bym-by come, you talkee he, master no got, you chin-chin he come-back.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
British Dictionary definitions for chin-chin

chin-chin

sentence substitute
1.
(informal) a greeting, farewell, or toast
Word Origin
C18: from Chinese (Peking) ch'ing-ch'ing please-please
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