See also: table-talk
- (idiomatic) Conversation, especially of an informal or somewhat gossipy nature, among a group seated together for a meal or other social activity.
- 1874, Edward Payson Roe, chapter 33, in Opening a Chestnut Burr:
- [T]hey all came out to supper. . . . She was also pleased to see how Gregory toned up the table-talk and skilfully led it away from disagreeable topics.
- 1921, P. G. Wodehouse, chapter 1, in Indiscretions of Archie:
- He ate like a starving Eskimo. . . . The growing boy evidently did not believe in table-talk when he could use his mouth for more practical purposes.
- 1937 Feb. 8, "Music: Stage Dagger," Time:
- Grand Opera mishaps are usually more silly than solemn, and provide people with amusing table talk.
- 1995 April 11, "Inside: p. B3," New York Times (retrieved 18 Sep 2012):
- On the first day of a new statute in New York City to restrict smoking, the table talk in many restaurants was about lighting up.
- 2007 Jan. 5, "It's late, poker's on," The Herald (Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA):
- [E]ven though there are announcers, they largely remain quiet, letting us hear all the table talk that goes on during and in between hands.
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