shoot-the-bull (to)

 Exaggerate; engage in casual conversation.
 ► “The innovative course is seen by some as a ‘neat shoot-the-bull session’ which cheats the kids, and by others as a remedy for teens who haven’t been exposed to healthy relationships at home.” (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 9, 1994, p. B1)

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  • shoot\ the\ bull — • shoot the breeze • bat the breeze • fan the breeze • shoot the bull v. phr. 1. slang To talk. Jim shot the breeze with his neighbor while the children were playing. Come into the kitchen and we ll bat the breeze over a cup of coffee. The women… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • shoot the bull — • shoot the breeze • shoot the bull talk idly I met him at the supermarket so we decided to shoot the breeze for a few minutes …   Idioms and examples

  • shoot the bull — AND shoot the crap; shoot the shit tv. to chat and gossip. (The same as throw the bull. Use caution with crap; shit.) □ Let’s get together sometime and shoot the bull. □ You spend too much time shooting the crap …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • shoot the bull — shoot the breeze/bull/american informal phrase to spend time talking about unimportant things Thesaurus: to have a conversation with someonesynonym Main entry: shoot * * * shoot the ˈbreeze/ˈb …   Useful english dictionary

  • shoot the bull — ► shoot the breeze (or the bull) N. Amer. informal have a casual conversation. Main Entry: ↑shoot …   English terms dictionary

  • shoot the bull — shoot the breeze/bull American, informal to talk in a relaxed way about things that are not important. We sat out on the porch until late, just shooting the breeze …   New idioms dictionary

  • shoot the bull — verb To chinwag; to talk idly. Shooting the bull with Benny and Elvira while Nelson skitters around out there in the lake of rooftops, selling used cars like hotcakes. Syn: shoot the breeze …   Wiktionary

  • shoot the bull — vb to chat inconsequentially ► They were just standing around shooting the breeze when it all went off. (Recorded, US student, Palo Alto, Octo ber 2003) …   Contemporary slang

  • shoot the bull — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. exaggerate grossly, carry on a lengthy conversation, converse, rap; see boast 1 , gossip …   English dictionary for students

  • shoot the bull — v. gossip; discuss; chat …   English slang


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