To chat informally about unimportant things
- What are you girls doing here?
- Nothing, we’re chatting, just shooting the breeze.
13 shoot the bull/breeze American English informal to have an informal conversation about unimportant things :
Cal and I were sitting on the porch, shooting the breeze.
shoot the breeze
shoot the ˈbreeze/ˈbull idiom
(NAmE, informal) to have a conversation in an informal way
• We sat around in the bar, shooting the breeze.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
shoot the breeze US informal
to spend time talking about things that are not important:
We sat out on the porch, just shooting the breeze.
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shoot the breeze also shoot the bull US informal : to talk informally about unimportant things
• I enjoy shooting the breeze with my neighbors.