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

Talk The Hind Legs Off A Donkey

A British or Irish idiom dating to the early 1800’s or earlier. Also: Talk the hind legs off a dog. (Possibly Australian) Talk the legs off an iron pot. (Possible Australian) Meaning Of Idiom ‘Talk the Hind Legs Off a Donkey’ Like the similar idiom to talk someone’s ear off, to talk the hind legs off a … Read more

Talk the Bark Off a Tree

A rarely heard idiom from the late 1800’s or earlier. Meaning of ‘Talk the Bark off a Tree’ Idiom The idiom “to talk the bark off a tree” is similar to several related idioms, such as talk someone’s ear off and talk the hind legs off a donkey. It means to talk continuously and to exhaust the listener. … Read more

Talk Someone’s Ear Off

Also: Talk Someone’s Head Off. Talk Someone’s Leg (or Arm) Off. Talk Someone’s Pants Off. Chew Someone’s Ear Off. Meaning of ‘Talk Someone’s Ear Off’ Idiom To talk someone’s ear off means to talk for a long time in a way that bores or bothers the listener until they are exhausted and sick of listening to you. … Read more

Talk Nineteen to the Dozen

A British idiom but sometimes heard in America as well. Used since at least the mid-1800’s. Meaning of the Idiom ‘Talk Nineteen to the Dozen’ When someone talks nineteen to the dozen they are taking very quickly and incessantly without stopping. Can refer to someone who babbles, or who simply talks a lot, whether or not they … Read more

Talk A Blue Streak

Also ‘talk up a blue streak’ and ‘curse a blue streak.’ Meaning of the Idiom ‘Talk a Blue Streak’ Similar to talk nineteen to the dozen or talk a mile a minute. When someone ‘talks a blue streak’ they are speaking very quickly and at length. This idiom, like other related talk idioms, also has the connotation of exhausting the … Read more

Gift Of Gab, the

Also: Gift of the gab Meaning of Idiom The Gift of Gab The gift of gab is the ability to speak in a very fluent, confident and eloquent manner, especially when this ability allows one to easily persuade others to do what one wants. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Ayto, John. Oxford … Read more