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double-talk

[duhb-uh l-tawk] /ˈdʌb əlˌtɔk/
noun
1.
speech using nonsense syllables along with words in a rapid patter.
2.
deliberately evasive or ambiguous language:
When you try to get a straight answer, he gives you double-talk.
verb (used without object)
3.
to engage in double-talk.
verb (used with object)
4.
to accomplish or persuade by double-talk.
Also, doubletalk.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40, Americanism
Related forms
double-talker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for double talk

double talk

noun
1.
rapid speech with a mixture of nonsense syllables and real words; gibberish
2.
empty, deceptive, or ambiguous talk, esp by politicians
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Word Origin and History for double talk
n.

1938, from double (adj.) + talk (n.). Old English had a similar formation in twispræc "double speech, deceit, detraction."

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Slang definitions & phrases for double talk

double talk

noun phrase
  1. A sort of gibberish or patter that seems plausible but is nonsense, done for amusement: Danny Kaye excelled at double talk
  2. Deceptive and insincere speech: Don't be put off by his double talk (1938+)

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Idioms and Phrases with double talk

double talk

.
Meaningless speech, gibberish mixing real and invented words. For example, Some popular songs are actually based on double talk. [ 1930s ]
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Also, doublespeak. Deliberately ambiguous and evasive language. For example, I got tired of her double talk and demanded to know the true story, or His press secretary was very adept at doublespeak. This usage dates from the late 1940s, and the variant from about 1950.
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