talking head

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n talking head a talker on television who talks directly into the cameras and whose upper body is all that is shown on the screen
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Quotations

  • Henry S. Haskins
    Henry S. Haskins
    “The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively, but says nothing.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
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    “I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.”

Idioms

Talk out of the back of your head - If someone is talking out of the back of their head, they are talking rubbish.
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Usage

In literature:

The doctor and the head coach were talking twenty to the second.
"The Half-Back" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Rattleton was talking, and, as usual, he was twisting his expression in his haste to say the things which flashed through his head.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
She talked gayly to him, scarcely aware that they were heading across and down the stream.
"The Sky Line of Spruce" by Edison Marshall
He was smoking an old and favorite pipe, and talking with one of "the boys" whose head appeared at the wicket.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 6" by Various
Ma got to talking and found out we was headed fo' the same place in Arkansas.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Craig straightened, as one conscious that he was talking over his companion's head.
"Where the Trail Divides" by Will Lillibridge
The farmer's son, a mere lad, whose head barely rises to his saddle, talks of 'the duke' as his hero.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
She had a quaint way of nodding her head at you when she was talking.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
But when they talked it over, the older heads prevailed; there had not been time enough to hear both sides.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis
They strode along together, Van Ness gesturing and talking; Sherman's head slightly bent as if in thought.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
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In poetry:

"I hear the hoary-headed man,
I kept him till the morning dawn,
For five unbroken hours he talk'd,
With me they were as one !
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
Along the road the magpies walk
with hands in pockets, left and right.
They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk.
In their well-fitted black and white.
"Magpies" by Judith Wright
Night and the liquor was in their heads—
They laughed and talked no bounds,
Till they waked the keepers on their beds
And the keepers loosed the hounds.
"The Ballad of Minepit Shaw" by Rudyard Kipling
I heard the grasses talking, talking,
Down in the meadow, one summer day,
The prettiest things I heard them whisper,
Nodding their heads in a quaint wise way.
"In The Meadow" by Ella Fraser Weller
Talk not of liberty, liberty is dead;
See the slave master's whip over our head;
Stooping beneath it, we ask what he craves,
Boston boys! Boston boys! catch me my slaves.
"Rescue The Slave" by Anonymous Americas
All day the happy stranger staid;
He talk'd, he sung, his flute he play'd,
To charm each tender heart; But O! when PHOEBUS hid his head, The charm is broke, the transport fled,
Alas! they're doom'd to part.
"A Romantic Scene" by Rebekah Carmichael

In news:

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett talks about the death of Jerry Brown caused by nose tackle Josh Brent during a press conference.
George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt, left, talks to Patrick Holloway during more.
OSU reporter John Helsley talks about the three things fans and players need to watch as the Cowboys head into Norman on Saturday.
Concrete Blonde 's Johnette Napolitano talks to Eight24.com's Scott McDonald about about what to do if you hear music in your head all the time.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean talks to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ball State Sunday, Nov 25, 2012, in Bloomington , Ind.
What better time and talk to Paul Reiche Studio Head of Toys for Bob and find out what's in stall for the franchise.
I had the pleasure of talking with Bill Elliot, Head Coach of the Panama City Pirates.
Illinois State head coach Brock Spack talks to his players during the first half of an NCAA football game against Northwestern on Saturday, Sept 11, 2010, in Evanston.
Talking Heads' David Byrne Interviews Himself About the Stage Concept.
Three practices down at Houston Rockets training camp in McAllen, and head coach and hall-of-famer Kevin McHale talks about how the youngest team in the NBA is coming together.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) talks with Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart), a senior writer for the Big Ten Network posted a tweet today ernoon saying Kent State is talking to Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder for its vacant head coaching position.
There's been talk around Bay County surrounding the head coaching position at Arnold High School.
CL&P, Union Heading Back to Talks After Failed Contract Offer .
We talked some weeks ago about Patrick Ewing's hopes of becoming a head coach.
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In science:

Alpar & J. van Paradijs (Dordrecht: Kluwer), 419-460, 1998 Bildsten, L., Gravity Wave Astrophysics and Connections with X-ray Timing, Talk presented at AAS HEAD meeting, Honolulu, HI, 2000 Boirin, L., D.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
But to begin, I’m going to throw the microphone to Gene: we’ve heard four talks from experimentalists, I thought we’d get a few remarks from the other side of the divide; and then we’l l head to questions.
The future of charm physics: a discussion
Anatoly Serapkin was the head of the Soviet delegation to the Geneva talks aimed at the Limited Test Ban Treaty to abandon space, atmospheric, and underwater nuclear talks in 1963.
Conference Summary: Three Dimensional Explosions
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