talk turkey

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talk turkey

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) To talk or negotiate plainly, frankly, or seriously.
    • 1881, "The Erie to ‘Talk Turkey," New York Times, 13 Dec., p. 8 (retrieved 21 Oct. 2008):
      An Erie car loaded with live turkeys . . . was delivered to the New-York and New-England Railroad yesterday. . . . This first cargo is symbolical of the fact that they will be able hereafter to "talk turkey" to all competitors for New-England business.
    • 1918, Peter B. Kyne, The Valley of the Giants, ch. 19:
      I'm here to talk turkey. What's your price?
    • 2005, "Opinion: Korean advance," International Herald Tribune, 13 Jul. (retrieved 21 Oct. 2008):
      This will mean talking turkey about the timing of steps for each side to take, and verification measures.

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