Small Talk

Meaning of Idiom ‘Small Talk’ Small talk means polite and casual conversation about very unimportant, trivial, or uninteresting topics; chitchat. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. Usage This expression is often used as part of the phrase “make small talk.” … Read more

Smart Alec

Also: Smart aleck Meaning of Idiom ‘Smart Alec’ A smart alec is a conceited person who irritates others by always trying to be clever, sarcastic, etc.; a person who insists on showing off their knowledge in a way that is annoying. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2McCarthy, Michael. Cambridge International Dictionary of … Read more

Smoking Gun

Meaning of Idiom ‘Smoking Gun’ A smoking gun is something that is indisputable evidence of a crime or other wrongdoing. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Examples Of Use “Although most people expect a smoking gun, most criminal cases are decided on … Read more