from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common talk of a town; a subject of common conversation or gossip.


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  • More micro-cinema at the Trylon, followed by dinner @ town-talk.

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  • Arthur to marry such a girl as this? and the tete-a-tete of the two gentlemen was broken up by the entry of other gentlemen, members of the Club — when fashionable town-talk, politics, cribbage, and other amusements ensued, and the conversation became general.

    The History of Pendennis

  • It was town-talk for at least three days, and was only kept out of the newspapers by the exertions of Mr. Wagg, acting upon a hint from Mr. Wenham.

    Vanity Fair

  • It reached Lake from Tom Twitters, of his club, who kept the Brandon Captain au courant of the town-talk; and it came to Dorcas in a more authentic fashion, though mysteriously, and rather in the guise of a conundrum than of

    Wylder's Hand

  • He had been a close friend of Mr. Colwyn, and it was not likely that Mr.. Colwyn's infirmity had remained a secret from him: he must have learned it from common town-talk long ago.

    A True Friend A Novel

  • But before this, a remarkable event occurred, affording still greater food for town-talk and gossip generally.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • "I find we shall never agree together, therefore let's divide the common stock, and each of us set up for himself: Thou'rt a piece of a scholar, and I'll be no hindrance to thee, but think of some other way; for otherwise we shall run into a thousand mischiefs, and become town-talk."

    The Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter

  • His misconduct at last became town-talk, and his misdeeds were in every body's mouth; so, when he had lamed half-a-dozen labourers, scared the whole neighbourhood like

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847

  • One of the great lyric poets of France, who is placed by his countrymen upon the same level as Pindar -- Denis Leonchard Lebrun -- was the town-talk for several years, during his action against his wife for the restitution of conjugal rights.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 357, June, 1845

  • 'I have come to see,' she said, 'James Steerforth's fancy; the girl who ran away with him, and is the town-talk of the commonest people of her native place; the bold, flaunting, practised companion of persons like James Steerforth.

    David Copperfield


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