engage in small talk

engage in small talk
to talk only about minor matters rather than important matters or personal matters. •

All the people at the party were engaging in small talk.

They chatted about the weather and otherwise engaged in small talk.

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{v. phr.} To converse with a stranger or casual acquaintance about matters of no great importance in order to make the time go faster. * /The patients in the doctor's waiting room engaged in small talk complaining about the hot weather./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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