Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

shoot the breeze

shoot the breeze
Meaning(s)
1) have a casual conversation with someone
  • How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional MediumSocial
    • just shooting the breeze with my friend
  • Analysis
     To 'shoot the breeze' with somebody is to have a casual conversation with them or an informal, social chat. "Sometimes if my neighbour is also working in the garden we shoot the breeze for a few minutes and catch up."This is a very informal expression used almost exclusively in social contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I bumped into Alex in the shop and decided to hang around to shoot the breeze with him for a while.
    2. It was fun just shooting the breeze with Mary over a coffee yesterday. We should meet up more often.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Why don't we go for dinner together after this meeting? How long has it been since we met up just to shoot the breeze?
    2. We have organised a social day for all of the new employees so they have an opportunity to meet each other and shoot the breeze.
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