to shoot the bull

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - shoot the bull

"to shoot the bull"

to chat casually without purpose


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - shoot the bull

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What were you and Joanne talking about?

Colleague 2:  We were just shooting the bull.

Colleague 1:  You weren't talking about who is going to replace the boss when he retires?

Colleague 2:  No. We were just chatting about the weather and fashion and stuff.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - shoot the bull

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Any plans for the day?

Friend 2:  Nope. Just going to hang around and shoot the bull with the gang at the coffee shop.

Friend 1:  Sounds relaxing.

Friend 2:  It is a good chance to catch up with what is going on in everyone's life.

to shoot the bull - Usage:


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to shoot the bull - Gerund Form:

Shooting the bull with a friend passes time amiably.

to shoot the bull - Examples:

1)  We didn't have enough time to shoot the bull. There was no cell coverage out there, and we were trying to get ...

2)  ... then we'd shoot the bull for a while and talk football. 

3)  It's a social outing, a chance for nostalgia seekers to shoot the bull with like-minded folks from all across the region. 

4)  Thirty minutes to shoot the bull about nothing in particular?

5)  ... both friends, knock around some balls and shoot the bull. The guys talk about putters, about finishes and how that impacts the roll ...

6)  ... would sit in the control room while he spun records and we would shoot the bull about music and whatever.

7)  A holiday is an opportunity to kick back, relax and shoot the bull.

8)  Sometimes it just lets them shoot the bull and get to know each other a little better.

9)  ... usually to the coffee shop to shoot the bull with his pals.

10)  Both parties would shoot the bull as well as some hoops between swapping trophies and posing for photographs.

11)  The junior managers sat right alongside senior management, just shooting the bull

12)  ... you will find them around a table in the garden - shooting the bull, with ice cream cones in hand.

13)  ... if informal, choose words carefully. But whether talking formally or just shooting the bull, don't get lost ...

14)  ... but his own easy-going charm, chatting amiably like a shop assistant shooting the bull over the purchase of a litre of milk.

15)  ... is that you spend hours sitting in a car with your partner just shooting the bull, ...

16)  Unlike running or cycling, there's no opportunity for chit-chat or shooting the bull while negotiating a course. 

17)  ... and a bunch of bored police officers shooting the bull.

18)  ... and enjoyed an evening merrily shooting the bull, giving good banter and generally having the laughs, ...

19)  Mainly, we enjoyed getting away for a few hours, shooting the bull and enjoying each other's company.

20)  ... they need to master the quintessentially human skill of small talk. Shooting the bull.