English Idiom – Shoot the breeze.

Meaning – To have an informal chat or casual conversation. Shooting the breeze can also be used to describe a situation when you waste time talking about things that are not very important.

The expression shoot the shit has the same meaning as shoot the breeze – but can be seen as vulgar and should be used with caution.

This is an American English idiom.

If somebody is talking too much you might call them a motormouth (slang). If you are talking to someone and they are completely ignoring you it is like talking to a brick wall (idiom).

We need to talk! Find out what it really means when someone says this to you!


When could you use this idiom?

  • You want to meet your friends for coffee and a gossip.
  • Friends are sitting together chatting about random things.
  • Students in class are discussing unimportant things when they should be studying.
  • You are having a few drinks and catching up with friends in the pub.


  • “It was awesome meeting you guys for dinner last night. The food was scrumptious and I always have so much fun shooting the breeze with you!”

In The News:

The Parkhead boss catches up regularly with peers from outside of the footballing world to shoot the breeze.


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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