talk smack

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talk smack

  1. To talk aggressively or boisterously.
    • 1988, Mary G. Harris, Cholas: Latino Girls and Gangs, page 110
      Just as long as they don't come around talking smack to us. But if they ain't in no gang and they live in our area, it's up to them if they join or not.
    • 1996, Becky W. Thompson, Sangeeta Tyagi, Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity, page 32
      Jewish kids learned to distinguish between talking "shit," talking "jive," and talking "smack".
    • 1996, Christopher A. Darden, Jess Walter, In Contempt, page 49
      A half-mile away, we slowed down and were slapping hands and talking smack, so impressed with ourselves.
    • 2001, Mark Rackers, Nesting, page 185
      And I was talking smack, cracking jokes, playing with Mateo the host. He liked it.
    • 2003, John Vorhaus, Killer Poker Online: Crushing the Internet Game, page 180
      because the rest of the table gets to see him talking smack, and he thus establishes himself as a bully without ever having played a hand.
    • 2008, Sherman Alexie, Indian Killer, page 187-188
      "One of them, the white mask, the leader, was talking smack at me." / "Talking smack?" / "You know, talking smack, talking trash, giving me shit about being Indian."
    • 2008, Chuck Liddell, Chad Millman, Iceman: My Fighting Life, page 39
      Eric was great at talking smack. He'd see a guy walking around who was bigger than all of us and tell me, "That guy can totally kick your ass," just to start up with me.
  2. To slander.
    • 1992, Ricardo Cortez Cruz, Straight Outta Compton: A Dive Into Living Large, a Work Where Characters ..., page 10
      He kept talking smack, his story getting more and more depressing with each lie.
    • 2007, Tina Brooks McKinney, Lawd, Mo' Drama, page 244
      He was talking smack about getting back together with his family, and everyone believed he was sincere; especially Kayla.
    • 2007, Daniel J. Solove, The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet, page 121
      On another blog, one commentator wrote: "To me it is like rumors and people talking smack; the more you yell about it the more truthful it seems to others.