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make conversation

Engage someone in talking purely for its own sake, make small talk, as in She had a real talent for making conversation with strangers. [ c. 1920 ]
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  • Presently he attempted to make conversation with one and another.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • "We had a wonderful time at our masquerade," she said in an attempt to make conversation.


    Dorothy Whitehill
  • I didn't think so, but to make conversation I said: "How long is it since you were home?"

  • But in spite of it she did not feel inclined to make conversation.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • It was, as I have said, wonderful what she could make conversation out of.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Meanwhile, James was trying to make conversation with Mrs. Clibborn.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • I asked him about New Zealand, in order to make conversation.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • We might sit and make conversation, but of course this is the only subject we are thinking of.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • Pierre tries to make conversation in our own language to entertain us.

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