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English definition of “talk”


verb [I]     /tɔːk/
to say things or speak to someone: talk about/of sth In Tokyo markets , the only thing people want to talk about is the budget problem .talk to/with sb I need to talk to the Sales Manager directly . She was talking on the phone to her co-worker .
talk business/politics, etc. to discuss a particular subject : At the dinner table , everyone was talking interest rate hikes and unemployment numbers .
be talking sth informal used to emphasize that you are referring to something serious or important , a large amount of money , etc.: We're talking big money here - £200 an hour . How long - are we talking five years or are we talking 30 years ?
talk shop to talk about work with people you work with when you are not at work : I hate those office parties where everyone talks shop .
talk the talk informal to be able to speak with the confidence and knowledge of someone who knows a lot about a particular subject : He can certainly talk the talk, but will he get the deal done?
talk turkey US informal to discuss something in a direct way without avoiding difficult issues : Few politicians are willing to talk turkey about immigration .
(Definition of talk verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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