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cross talk

or cross-talk, crosstalk

noun
1.
interference heard on a telephone or radio because of unintentional coupling to another communication channel.
2.
incidental conversation; chatter, as opposed to formal discussion:
The meeting was slowed by cross talk between board members.
3.
British. witty, fast-paced dialogue, especially in a play, comic act, etc.; repartee.
Origin of cross talk
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • Don't answer back as though we were a vaudeville team doing a cross-talk act.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • During the process of dressing there was a great deal of "cross-talk" going on at Queen's that night.

  • The torments, inflicted on my suspense by a pair of cross-talk comedians, cannot be surpassed in hell.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • If this were not so, cross-talk would exist between the telephones of the operators' positions connected to the same battery.

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