from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Gossip; scandal.
- n. A subject of gossiping conversation; a byword.
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"Be it so," replied Maxwell, whose suspicions, as Vernon had intended, were diverted by this by-talk.
Oh troth, Laird, continued Meg, during this by-talk, its but to the like o you ane can open their heart.
Later, he had to attend a couple of board meetings, which ran off into protracted by-talk, and the rainy twilight had fallen before his office knew him again.
Furthermore, they may see in his orations he wrote in certain causes to serve him when he pleaded: that he sought occasions in his by-talk to shew men that he was excellently well learned.
Meanwhile there was a little by-talk between Isabella and Bessie;
'O troth, Laird,' continued Meg, during this by-talk, 'it's but to the like o' you ane can open their heart; ye see, they say Dunbog is nae mair
'O troth, Laird,' continued Meg, during this by-talk, 'it's but to the like o' you ane can open their heart; ye see, they say Dunbog is nae mair a gentleman than the blunker that's biggit the bonnie house down in the howm.