Idioms

    shoot/bat the breeze, Slang.
    1. to converse aimlessly; chat.
    2. to talk nonsense or exaggerate the truth: He likes to shoot the breeze, so don't take everything he says seriously.

Origin of breeze

1
1555–65; earlier brize, brise north or northeast wind; compare Dutch bries, East Frisian brîse, French brize, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan brisa, Italian brezza; orig. and path of transmission disputed

Related forms

breeze·less, adjectivebreeze·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shoot the breeze (1 of 3)

breeze

1
/ (briːz) /

noun

verb (intr)

to move quickly or casuallyhe breezed into the room
(of wind) to blowthe south wind breezed over the fields

Word Origin for breeze

C16: probably from Old Spanish briza northeast wind

British Dictionary definitions for shoot the breeze (2 of 3)

breeze

2
/ (briːz) /

noun

an archaic or dialect name for the gadfly

Word Origin for breeze

Old English briosa, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for shoot the breeze (3 of 3)

breeze

3
/ (briːz) /

noun

ashes of coal, coke, or charcoal used to make breeze blocks

Word Origin for breeze

C18: from French braise live coals; see braise
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Idioms and Phrases with shoot the breeze (1 of 2)

shoot the breeze


Also, shoot or throw the bull. Talk idly, chat, as in They've been sitting on the porch for hours, just shooting the breeze, or The guys sit around the locker room, throwing the bull. The first of these slangy terms, alluding to talking into the wind, was first recorded in 1919. In the variant, first recorded in 1908, bull is a shortening of bullshit, and means “empty talk” or “lies.”

Idioms and Phrases with shoot the breeze (2 of 2)

breeze


In addition to the idiom beginning with breeze

  • breeze in

also see:

  • hands down (in a breeze)
  • shoot the breeze
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