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town talk

[toun tawk for 1; toun tawk for 2] /ˈtaʊn ˌtɔk for 1; ˈtaʊn ˈtɔk for 2/
the usual talk, gossip, or rumors, as in a village or town.
the subject of gossip, rumor, or the like:
They've been the town talk ever since their elopement.
Origin of town talk
1535-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • town talk may or may not be true; and the ladies like him none the less for the tales that circulate about him.

    Tom Tufton's Travels Evelyn Everett-Green
  • The reception was prodigious, and the readings are the town talk.

  • He may make me a nine-days wonder in the newspapers and a town talk, and never reap the least advantage from it.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • The news of the French desiring a cessation of arms, etc., was but town talk.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • town talk has an unequalled power to regulate, restrain and actually govern conduct.

    Revisiting the Earth James Langdon Hill
  • "If anything would make the town talk, that would," he answered.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • Nothing came of the affair beyond great excitement and town talk.

  • The hundredth night he gave when Perfecta was starring was town talk.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • This reference to the "mewel" was only a reverberation of the town talk as Lin had predicted.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • I was a little lion in society, and the town talk of the day.

    Records of a Girlhood Frances Ann Kemble

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