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A slang phrase, alluding to talking into the wind, it was first recorded in 1919. In the variant, first recorded in 1908, bull is used instead of breeze, and means "empty talk" or "lies."
- (idiomatic, US) To chat idly or generally waste time talking.
- We were just standing around shooting the breeze.
to chat idly or waste time talking
- chew the cud (UK)