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small talk

light conversation; chitchat.
Origin of small talk
banter, chatter, gossip.


[smawl-tawk] /ˈsmɔlˌtɔk/
verb (used without object)
to engage in or have a propensity for small talk.
1780-90 Unabridged
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small talk

light conversation for social occasions
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Slang definitions & phrases for small talk

small potatoes

noun phrase

  1. A trivial amount of money; chicken feed, peanuts: I received $120,000, which is no small potatoes
  2. An insignificant person, enterprise, etc: From the tuber is derived the term ''small potatoes,'' applied with more or less humor to anything mean or petty (1840+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with small talk

small talk

Casual or trivial conversation, chitchat, as in We stood around making small talk until the guest of honor arrived. The small in this expression alludes to unimportant subjects of conversation, as opposed to serious or weighty ones. [ Mid-1700s ]
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