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1‘I popped into Gill's house for a chat’
talk, conversation, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, heart-to-heart, tête-à-tête, powwow, blether, blather
conference, discussion, dialogue, exchange
informal jaw, gas, confab, gabber
British informal natter, chinwag, rabbit
Northern English Scottish informal crack
North American informal rap, bull session, gabfest
Australian informal convo
1‘they sat and chatted with their guests’
talk, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, speak, converse, have a conversation, engage in conversation, tittle-tattle, prattle, jabber, jibber-jabber, babble, prate, go on, run on
British talk nineteen to the dozen
Scottish Irish slabber
informal gas, have a confab, jaw, chew the rag, chew the fat, yap, yak, yackety-yak, yabber, gabber, yatter, yammer, powwow
British informal natter, witter, rabbit, chunter, waffle, have a chinwag, chinwag
North American informal shoot the breeze, shoot the bull, visit
NZ Australian informal mag
archaic twaddle, twattle, clack, claver
‘he cornered her in the canteen and tried to chat her up’
flirt with, make up to, make advances to, make overtures to, romance
come on to, give the come-on to, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at, be all over
make love to, set one's cap at
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