Definition of shoot the breeze (or the bull) in US English:

shoot the breeze (or the bull)

phrase

North American
informal
  • Have a casual conversation.

    • ‘There are five fellows in the place just shooting the bull.’
    • ‘‘Jon and I would just sit in the tent with the microphone between us and start shooting the breeze,’ says Liesl Clark.’
    • ‘Firstly, these kids were attending Sandringham Church, not shooting the breeze in some Internet chat room or hanging round a bus-stop and smoking.’
    • ‘We were just two unemployed guys who once worked together - shooting the breeze, telling war stories.’
    • ‘Have a chat, shoot the breeze, raise a glass to them.’
    • ‘He tilts his head back, sucks on his wad of tobacco, and grins at the handful of patrons shooting pool and shooting the breeze with him.’
    • ‘On both occasions I visited, regulars drifted in and out to shoot the breeze at the counter with the owner.’
    • ‘My wife went up to bed, and I stayed up with my dad shooting the breeze over cocktails and agreeing about things.’
    • ‘Above the thunderous whir of the aircraft rotors, Nelson and his buddies yelled back and forth, shooting the bull as the copter lifted off.’
    • ‘Last I heard, Bellows was heading out to New York to help start a new magazine, while still shooting the bull about creating a newspaper in Los Angeles.’
    talk, conversation, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blather
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