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make conversation

Engage someone in talking purely for its own sake, make small talk, as in She had a real talent for making conversation with strangers. [ c. 1920 ]
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  • Another serious objection is the noise, which is so great as to make conversation most laborious.

    First Impressions of the New World Isabella Strange Trotter
  • I didn't think so, but to make conversation I said: "How long is it since you were home?"

  • Is it not against all rules that we should sit here and make conversation every day for half an hour?

  • It was, as I have said, wonderful what she could make conversation out of.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • I remember saying once to a young man—just in passing and merely to make conversation: "Are you a native son?"

    The Californiacs Inez Haynes Irwin
  • We might sit and make conversation, but of course this is the only subject we are thinking of.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • I pressed upon her wine and viands—in vain; I strove to make conversation—equally in vain.

    By order of the company Mary Johnston
  • Pierre tries to make conversation in our own language to entertain us.

  • I found it more of an effort than I had imagined to make conversation with those young men.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton

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