or cross-talk, cross·talk
- interference heard on a telephone or radio because of unintentional coupling to another communication channel.
- incidental conversation; chatter, as opposed to formal discussion: The meeting was slowed by cross talk between board members.
- British. witty, fast-paced dialogue, especially in a play, comic act, etc.; repartee.
Origin of cross talk
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for cross talk
Don't answer back as though we were a vaudeville team doing a cross-talk act.The Man Upstairs
P. G. Wodehouse
During the process of dressing there was a great deal of "cross-talk" going on at Queen's that night.Molly Brown's Sophomore Days
The torments, inflicted on my suspense by a pair of cross-talk comedians, cannot be surpassed in hell.To Tell You the Truth
If this were not so, cross-talk would exist between the telephones of the operators' positions connected to the same battery.Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2