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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n talks a discussion intended to produce an agreement "the buyout negotiation lasted several days","they disagreed but kept an open dialogue","talks between Israelis and Palestinians"
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Talking. Mexican pictograph Talking. Mexican pictograph
Talk, talking. Wichita Talk, talking. Wichita
The Veteran Talks to si 049 The Veteran Talks to si 049
Pinocchio Threw His Hammer at the Talking-Cricket Pinocchio Threw His Hammer at the Talking-Cricket
Ribby talks to Dutchess about pies Ribby talks to Dutchess about pies
What were they talking about, Jane What were they talking about, Jane


  • Joan Rivers
    Joan Rivers
    “Can we talk?”
  • Everett M. Dirksen
    Everett M. Dirksen
    “A billion here, a billion there, and soon you're talking about real money.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I would not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.”
  • Josh Billings
    “I don't care how much a person talks, if they only say it in a few words.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Half wits talk much, but say little.”


All talk and no trousers - (UK) Someone who is all talk and no trousers, talks about doing big, important things, but doesn't take any action.
Money talks - This means that people can convey many messages with money, and many things can be discovered about people by observing the way they use their money.
Pep talk - When someone gives you a pep talk it is to build you up to help you accomplish something. In sports a coach might give a player a pep talk before the game to bolster his confidence. At work the boss might give you a pep talk to get you to do a better job.
Sweet-talk - If you sweet-talk someone, you use persuasion and charm to get what you want.
Talk a blue streak - (USA) If someone talks a blue streak, they speak quickly and at length. ('Talk up a blue streak' is also used.)
Talk a glass eye to sleep - Someone who could talk a glass eye to sleep is very boring and repetitive.
Talk is cheap - It's easy to talk about something but harder to actually do it.
Talk nineteen to the dozen - If someone talks very quickly, they talk nineteen to the dozen.
Talk of the town - When everybody is talking about particular people and events, they are he talk of the town.
Talk out of the back of your head - If someone is talking out of the back of their head, they are talking rubbish.
Talk out of your hat - If someone is talking out of their hat, they're talking utter rubbish, especially if compounded with total ignorance of the subject on which they are pontificating. ('Talk through your hat' is also used.)
Talk shop - If you talk shop, you talk about work matters, especially if you do this outside work.
Talk the hind legs off a donkey - A person who is excessively or extremely talkative can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
Talk the legs off an iron pot - (AU) Somebody who is excessively talkative or is especially convincing is said to talk the legs off an iron pot. ('Talk the legs off an iron chair' is also used)
Talk turkey - When people talk turkey, they discuss something frankly.


In literature:

After supper Annersley sat outside with the boy and talked to him kindly.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Some of the juniors talked during the president's address, and once he noticed four of them doubled up as if overcome by laughter.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
Mr. Touris talked, large trader talk, sprinkled with terms of commerce and Indian policy.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
We talked and talked and he said he was glad I came.
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Well, if he didn't want to talk to me, I didn't want to talk to him.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
I could have talked to you about things which I never did talk of to any one.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He must of got use to it; howsomever, marster grin every time she talk like dat.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
Lord Coombe has just come in and is talking it over with grandmamma.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Albania supplied a lot of table talk, and now we think about as much about her and her troubles as we do about Thibet.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
They, those three a little way from her, were talking now, really talking.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens

In poetry:

One tongue in silence may be laid,
Another talk by fits,
But yours wag by the hour, 'tis said,
White Bacchus silent sits.
"To The Corpulent Counsellor W--" by William Hutton
Their beauty lays no hand on me,
They talk—- I hear no word;
I ask my eyes if they have seen,
My ears if they have heard.
"The Constant Lover" by Richard Le Gallienne
When I am playing by myself,
And all the boys are lost around,
Then I can Hear the water go;
It makes a little talking sound.
"Water Noises" by Elizabeth Madox Roberts
At twelve years old he talked with men,
The Jews all wondering stand;
Yet He obeyed his Mother then,
And came at her command.
"Examples of Early Piety" by Isaac Watts
She speaks and the chickens gather,
And they make talk and complain,
While the little moths are creeping
Across the cottage pane.
"Interior" by Padraic Colum
How dare I murmur at my lot,
Or talk of sorrow, pain and loss,
When Christ was in a manger laid,
And died in anguish on the cross.
"Go Work in My Vineyard" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

In news:

Trade talk all talk for Seahawks.
When an actor is doing press for a film, they spend weeks upon weeks just talking, talking, talking, talking.
Rochelle talks about tomatoes Food writer Rochelle Bilow talks about summer's crop of tomatoes.
Laura Ingraham, a conservative talk radio host, has left the Talk Radio Network after 9 years.
There's a lot of talk about energy efficiency in the HVAC industry, but not as much talk about energy sources.
Former Youngstown talk-show host Nick Anthony schooled Verb in the "art" of talk radio at WHLO.
Whenever I hear people talk about going to the lake in Hot Springs, they're usually talking about Lake Hamilton.
First there was The View, then The Chew and now ABC's starting The Revolution, the network's latest talk show which is actually not all talk but more so action.
And depended on who was talking, or wasn't talking.
Everyone claims to hate polished talking heads who delivery focus-grouped poll-tested talking points.
A lot of vendors talk the talk, but few walk the walk.
They set the proper mood for their Saturday show at the Egg by opening with "Into You Like a Train," one of the standout tracks of their still-great album Talk Talk Talk.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver.
He talked about things I never talked about.
Rihanna graces the November cover of Vogue in a fiery red dress, but it's what she's talking about inside that has everyone talking.

In science:

So, the superconformal transformations consist of two distinct class of transformations, the holomorphic and the antiholomorphic, that do not talk to each other.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
Informal talk on the replica method and 2-SAT.
On the critical exponents of random k-SAT
Talk given at Mathematical Aspects of Theories of Gravitation, Warsaw, Poland (1996).
A class of colliding waves in metric-affine gravity, nonmetricity and torsion shock waves
Zhu, Talk given in Conformal Field Theory Seminar, Rutgers, 1993.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators
While the former talk presented a minimal approach to introducing SUSY, the latter talk featured a broader range of possibilities. V.V.
Theory Summary: International Symposium on Multiparticle Dynamics 2008