cross talk

or cross-talk, crosstalk


noun

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.

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Origin of cross talk

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example sentences from the Web for cross talk

  • During the process of dressing there was a great deal of "cross-talk" going on at Queen's that night.

  • If this were not so, cross-talk would exist between the telephones of the operators' positions connected to the same battery.

  • Don't answer back as though we were a vaudeville team doing a cross-talk act.

    The Man Upstairs|P. G. Wodehouse
  • The torments, inflicted on my suspense by a pair of cross-talk comedians, cannot be surpassed in hell.

    To Tell You the Truth|Leonard Merrick

British Dictionary definitions for cross talk

crosstalk
/ (ˈkrɒsˌtɔːk) /

noun

unwanted signals in one channel of a communications system as a result of a transfer of energy from one or more other channels
British rapid or witty talk or conversation
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