table talk

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table talk (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Conversation, especially of an informal or somewhat gossipy nature, among a group seated together for a meal or other social activity.
    • 1874, Edward Payson Roe, Opening a Chestnut Burr, ch. 33:
      [T]hey all came out to supper. . . . She was also pleased to see how Gregory toned up the table-talk and skilfully led it away from disagreeable topics.
    • 1921, P. G. Wodehouse, Indiscretions of Archie, ch. 1:
      He ate like a starving Eskimo. . . . The growing boy evidently did not believe in table-talk when he could use his mouth for more practical purposes.
    • 1937 Feb. 8, "Music: Stage Dagger," Time:
      Grand Opera mishaps are usually more silly than solemn, and provide people with amusing table talk.
    • 1995 April 11, "Inside: p. B3," New York Times (retrieved 18 Sep 2012):
      On the first day of a new statute in New York City to restrict smoking, the table talk in many restaurants was about lighting up.
    • 2007 Jan. 5, "It's late, poker's on," The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA):
      [E]ven though there are announcers, they largely remain quiet, letting us hear all the table talk that goes on during and in between hands.

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