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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
1785-1795
1785-95; < Chinese qǐng-qǐng please-please
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British Dictionary definitions for chinchinning

chin-chin

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