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Autor:  Dale/RS
E-mail:  dale.thomas@hy.com.br
Data:  11/JAN/2006 2:34 PM
Assunto:  AmSlang #23
 
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Shop talk = Conversation related to one’s job, office, profession, etc.
After some shop talk with the other attorney about their experiences before Judge Sloan, the public defender returned to his office.

 

To talk shop = To converse with a colleague about your/his/her job, office, profession, etc.
My cousin and I are journalists.  Whenever we get together, we always end up talking shop about the newspaper business.
I haven’t seen you for six months.  Let’s talk shop.  How are things at car parts business?  Our company just signed a big contact with Volkswagen.

 

No dice. = Impossible, to be unable to do something, to disagree (When said to show disagreement with another speaker, this can sound rude.  It is sometimes used with "to be".)
He asked me to help him move.  I told him “No dice.  My back still hurts from the time I carried your couch out to the truck.”
She asked her boss for a raise, but it was no dice.  The boss said nobody was going to get a raise untils sales improved.

 

The Big Kahuna = The boss (Said humorously)

Have you seen the Big Kahuna this morning?  I need to talk to him about the project.

Steve's the Big Kahuna here.


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 AmSlang #23  –  Dale/RS  11/JAN/2006, 2:34 PM

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