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Shoot the breeze

Posted by Bruce Kahl on May 12, 2001

In Reply to: Shoot the breeze posted by Arn Ross on May 11, 2001

: Can anybody tell me the meaning of the phrase shooting the breeze? Thanks.

It means to sit with a friend or family member and just chat, usually about nothing as in:

"Charlie, Billy and I just sat around and shot the breeze for an hour or so and then I came home, turned on the tube and feel asleep".