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    "loose talk"

    Barack Obama has warned against "loose talk" of a war with Iran and insisted sanctions must be given time to prevent the country pursuing nuclear weapons.

    What is the meaning of "loose talk" in the above sentence?

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    Re: "loose talk"

    Careless, provocative, undiplomatic, etc

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    Re: "loose talk"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Careless, provocative, undiplomatic, etc
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    "Loose talk" certainly means all of these things, but I think the cited usage might also entail "unsanctioned" or "unofficial" or "premature".

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