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    #1

    Shooting the bull

    What is the meaning of "shooting the bull"?

    "Well, you could see he really felt pretty lousy about flunking me. So I shot the bull for a while."


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    Re: Shooting the bull

    To shoot the bull/to shoot the breeze means to talk in a relaxed manner about things that are not important.

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    Re: Shooting the bull

    Does it have the same meaning as "shooting the crap"?

    "I know he does," I said. Then I started shooting the old crap around a little bit. "He adapts himself very well to things. He really does. I mean he really knows how to adapt himself."

    Because here Holden is lying and toying around with the woman he's talking to.

    Does shooting the crap have a different meaning of shooting the bull?


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    Re: Shooting the bull

    Much the same, but implying a lot of what is said is untrue or nonsense.

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    Re: Shooting the bull

    Alright, thank you!

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