1. (UK Und.) to confess or turn informer to the police or similar authority.
|Keys to Crookdom 420: Talk. See squeal, beef, spiel, chew rag .|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 157: Very, very seldom will a woman of the Underworld ‘talk.’.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Long Wait (1954) 170: The guy talked with a little persuasion.|
|Indep. Rev. 10 Nov. 6: Coyle [...] who, to protect himself against being sent up for a second stretch, talks to the cops.|
2. (US black/campus, also talk to/with) to have a relationship with someone, to date.
|Down in the Holler 108: It is quite correct to remark that a young man is talkin’ or settin’ up or sparkin’ or courtin’, since all these terms may imply an intention to marry.|
|Campus Sl. Mar. 9: talk – date ‘Are ya’ll talking?’.|
|Sl. U. 33: be talking with to be going with, to be dating steadily.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 8: talk to – date: ‘I’m talking to the guy in the blue shirt.’.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 8: talk – to converse with someone; to date someone; to have sex. ‘You still date James?’ ‘Yeah, we still talk.’.|
|UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 Fall 7: TALK — be in the early stages of a romantic relationship; date casually: ‘Mike and Susan have been talking since they met at my birthday party’.(ed.)|
3. (US prison) having a relationship with another person of the same sex while in prison [euph.].
|Study of a Women’s Prison 208: Talking. Refers to someone engaged in a homosexual act.Gloss. in|
SE in slang uses
(US) a psychoanalyst, a psychotherapist.
|Homeboy 326: I told em Mom was a little light in her huaraches and was seeing a talk doctor.|
(US) the mouth.
|You Can Search Me 94: Dodo won’t ever open her talk-trap.|
|Beat It 63: I was on to the Count Cheese von Cheese the moment he opened his talk-trap.|
(US) all theory and no practice, all proposals and no concrete results.
|Salmagundi (1860) 141: The people, in fact, seem to be somewhat conscious of this propensity to talk, by which they are characterized, and have a favorite proverb on the subject, viz. ‘all talk and no cider.’.|
|Life and Adventures of Dr Dodimus Duckworth II 71: I think it’s all talk and no cider.|
|Diary 50: Fine stories are cold comfort, when it is as they say ‘All talk and no cider.’.|
|N&Q Ser. 2 V 233: All talk and no cider. This expression is applied to persons whose performances fall far short of their promises.|
|[||Artemus Ward: Complete Works Pt II Ch. 5: What we want is more cider and less talk].|
|Americanisms 591: All talk and no cider, which is but another version of Vox et praeterea nihil. It is stated to have originated at a party in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which had assembled to drink a barrel of superior cider; but politics being introduced, speeches were made, and discussion ensued, till some malcontents withdrew on the plea that it was a trap into which they had been lured, politics and not pleasure being the purpose of the meeting, or, as they called it, All talk and no cider!|
|New Dict. Americanisms.|
an excuse for any excessive talk or actions when drunk, either at the time or when sober on reflection; thus n. beer talk.
|West Australian (Perth) 25 Aug. 2/6: He would call me all the lurid names he could think of, but i paid no attention, It was only beer talk.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Oct. 44/1: Jerry did not forget that it was whisky talking – his whisky – and he let it pass in the interests of business.|
|Ulysses 708: Paying his compliments the Bushmills whisky talking of course.|
|Gangster Stories Dec. [Internet] Says that some flatty tipped him off that they always keep a lotta loose cash in that front office [...] Course it was only the booze talkin’, but —.‘Guns of Gangland’|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night Act III: Don’t know what made me – booze talking.|
|Hot Gold I ii: Now, Don, stow that. It’s the beer talking.|
|Men from the Boys (1967) 11: When I wanted sleep some joker’s whiskey had to start talking.|
|Word for Word 71: I know you. It’s just the beer talking.|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 95: Your whiskey must be talking to you.|
|Six-Eleven (1966) 230: Just the booze talking.|
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 112: Trina kept up the yak. It was the drinks talking and I got warmer and warmer.|
|Burn 146: Balls. He’ll forget by morning. It’s the grog talking.|
|Muvver Tongue 61: The saying ‘It’s the beer talking’ is given wrongly by Partridge. He has it as a public-house jocosity when somebody farts; in fact Cockneys say it about belligerence or bravado shown by a person who is half-cut.|
|Catching Up with Hist. 35: It’s whisky talking [...] I’m full of windy sentiment.‘Reader I Never Married Her’|
|Davey Darling 90: He refilled his glass. It was the booze talking again.|
a phr. stating that the speaker is (finally) dealing with pertinent topics or talking to some purpose.
|Wkly Echo (Lake Charles, LA) 2 Dec. 4/1: It is a good thing to be a Government official. Now you’re talking!|
|Longford Jrnl 18 Jan. 3/1: How many heads did that gentleman have? ‘Three!’ Now you’re talking.|
|Bread-Winners (1884) 142: Exactly! Now you’re talkin’.|
|S. Wales Echo 7 Aug. 4/5: ‘Now you’re talking, mister’.|
|Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 8 Apr. 4/1: ‘Oh, now you’re talking!’.|
|Black Mask (1992) 234: ‘Now you’re talking!’ I cried, recovering my spirits.|
|Little Nemo in Slumberland [comic strip] ‘Please let them go. Just this once.’ ‘Now you’re talking!’.|
|Aerbut Paerks, of Baernegum 3: ‘Well, will yer ’ave a drink?’ ’e says. ‘Now yo’me a torkin,’ says feyther.|
|Nigger Heaven 120: Great! cried Dick. Now you’re talking.|
|Murphy (1963) 44: ‘Now you are talking,’ said Wylie.|
|Long Day’s Journey into Night Act III: tyrone: Will you join me in a drink? edmund: Ah! Now you’re talking!|
|Cactus Village 61: ‘Oh, now you is talkin’!’ someone said.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 50: Ah, now you’re talking. That’s important.|
|Big Easy 14: ‘Now you’re talking,’ Delaverne said.|
|Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Ah, well, now you’re talking! I’ll take that.‘Go West Young Man’|
|It Was An Accident 225: ‘Get the hired help in for bits of work up our borough?’ ‘Now you’re talking.’.|
|Keepers of Truth 37: Ed smacked his lips and winked at me. ‘Now you’re talking.’.|
see also under relevant n. or adj.
see talk someone blind under blind adv.1
(N.Z.) to be drunk.
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
to say unpleasant things.
|True Drunkard’s Delight 225: Our tippler may [...] have been talking to Jamie Moore.|
to answer, to speak up.
|High Window 109: The voice was a harsh low whisper. It was a harsh low whisper I had heard before. ‘All right,’ I said. ‘Talk it up whoever you are. Whose pocket have I got my hand in now?’.|
to talk in an affected, supposedly ‘classy’ manner.
|Bang To Rights 130: They are terrabley terrabley precious and they talk like pound notes.|
to talk incessantly.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 4 Mar. 2/5: We have heard of ‘talking a leg off a tin pot‘ — ‘the fifth wheel off a coach’ — ‘a hole through a man's coat,’ and so forth, but never [...] ‘to swear a hole through an iron door’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 10 Nov. Sept. 3/3: Talk of swearing the leg off an iron pot, why Patrick would have frightened the pistons out of every steamer belonging to the United Kingdom.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 1 Oct. 3/1: They promised me they’d swear a hole through a gatepost for me.|
|Sheffield Gloss. 63: It is said of a very garrulous person that he would talk a dog’s leg off.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 20 Oct. 26/2: Jeff, this fellow Johnson likes to kid when he’s fighting, and he’ll talk his head off if there’s anyone to talk to.|
|Ogden Standard (UT) 22 May 3/2: David could flirt his head off but [...] her governess turned blue if Gloria as much as mentioned a lover in a novel.|
|Sailor Beware! II ii: A cave-man — not a sap that talks their leg off.|
|(con. 1920s) USA (1966) 795: Before he knew it he was talking his head off.Big Money in|
|World So Wide 105: You may find a lot of stuck-up highbrows here, always gassing their heads off.|
|Black City 36: He could talk the leg off a pot, all right.|
|Bold Saboteurs (1971) 232: Don’t go gabbing your little head off with the other boys.|
|One Day of the Year (1977) I i: He can talk his leg off an iron pot.|
|There Must Be a Pony! 29: I talked my head off, and I was even getting laughs.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 20: They getya up there and shoot somethin inya and youll talk ya ass off.|
|Boesman and Lena Act I: I say! Ou Lena’s talking her head off tonight.|
|Outcasts of Foolgarah (1975) 144: No chance to have a theoretical discussion with this ratbag talking his head off.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 7: You name it, I read it, and I could talk your ass off about it too.|
to talk nonsense (cf. talk out of one’s arsehole under arsehole n.).
|Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse 20: He wasn’t talking out of his ass. He’d gone through those riots and shit and really seen it.|
|Homelands 55: Ach, Scheiss, Catherine, now you are really talking out of your ass.|
|Double Fault 217: You’re talking out of your ass, Willy.|
|Perfect 205: You’re talking out of your ass instead of doing your job.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 101: Now you’re talking out of your ass.|
to tell tales, to talk unguardedly.
|‘Chateau Marmont’ at Movieline.com [Internet] And no one on the benevolently tolerant staff of Chateau Marmont talks out of school about their guests no matter what the guests do.|
to change one’s mind, to contradict an earlier statement.
|Spirit of the Times 26 Jan. (N.Y.) 581: When you’ve hearn me through you’ll talk tother side of your mouth.‘Mike Hooter’s Bar Story’|
|White Moll 178: ‘When I do,’ she said complacently, ‘mabbe youse’ll smile out of de other corner of dat mouth of yers!’.|
|Scene (1996) 6: They’ll be talkin outa the other side of their mouths after tonight.|
to talk nonsense.
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 27: You’re talking out the wrong end.|
to talk in double entendres.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: To talk Packthread, indecent language well wrapt up.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: To talk packthread; to use indecent language well wrapt up.|
(mainly Aus.) to speak in an affectionate, friendly manner.
|‘Meeting Old Mates’ in Roderick (1972) 166: You don’t want to ‘talk pretty’ to them, and listen to their wishy-washy nonsense.|
|Marvel 23 Dec. 564: I’ll talk pretty to ’em till yer come back.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Oct. 13/2: He had talked pretty at a parsonical pow-wow about brotherly conviviality, and churchmen making friends over a pipe.|
|Who Live In Shadow (1960) 107: Me, I don’t have to talk pretty through my mouth. My fists talk pretty.|
(US prison) to talk disrespectfully, to talk ‘clever’.
|Our Mr Wrenn (1936) 110: My aged parent calls it ‘talking too much and not saying anything.’ ‘Why,’ he exclaimed, ‘it’s kind of talking sideways.’.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 40: You talkin’ sideways, dawg, ’cause I don’t need no fuckin’ fish leaking outta the side of their neck on my shit.|
see under ear n.1
(orig. US) to talk incessantly at someone.
|Working Bullocks 13: He did not want women, ‘jawrin’ his head off’ in the cab of the engine.|
|World to Win 28: He’ll nail us again and talk our heads off.|
to talk very fast and unintelligibly.
|Tramp at Anchor 185: Talked thirty bob to the pound; been a university professor or something like that.|
(Aus.) to talk nonsense.
|‘Roll Up at Talbragar’ in Roderick (1972) 754: Watcher talkin’ about, Jim? [...] Yer talkin’ through yer socks.|
to talk nonsense.
|Jungle Kids (1967) 34: I thought Turk was just hopped and talking through the top of his skull.‘Vicious Circle’ in|
of women, to talk smut.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Toll Tawdrum. to Talk Tol [sic] Tawdrum, a term used by Ladies to signify talking a little Loosely, making use of Double-entendres.|
(US) to perform cunnilingus.
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|‘Be A Cunning Linguist’ in Maxim Feb. [Internet] Talk to the canoe driver: ‘I wanted to explore Venice,’ Jarrod said forlornly, ‘but I spent most of the trip just talking to the canoe driver.’.|
to talk in a fluent, persuasive manner.
|On the Waterfront (1964) 14: He can talk up a breeze like That matter to which you have reference to which and stuff like that.|
(US) to talk loudly, at length and impressively.
|(con. 1944) Gallery (1948) 136: I’m not good for much of anything, Rhoda once said, except to talk up a storm.|
|End as a Man (1952) 35: That meant eight more licks [...] so the freshman began to slobber like hell, just begging up a storm. saying it’d kill him.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 454: You talk up a storm [...] about the damn big hats.|
(US black) to threaten to leave.
|Waiters 272: Walking out — that’s jus’ a lotta talk. What they call down home talkin’ up at the big gate.|
a use of SE talking with the word ‘about’ unstated, implying not so much person-to-person communication, but as a way of emphasizing the importance and immediacy of the topic in hand, e.g. we’re talking telephone numbers, this will be a very large sum of money.
|Blue Movie (1974) 75: Now you guys are talking box office!|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 89: When we’re talking Halloween, we’re talking all-time classic of the drive-in screen. We’re talking the original Jamie Lee Curtis creepola-with-a-butcher-knife [...] We’re talking a movie where anybody can die at any time.|
|Skin Tight 202: I’m talking TV, Dr Frankenstein.|
|Yes We have No 183: We’re talking heavy investment here.|
|Pound for Pound 86: We ain’t talkin fender-bender, right?|