To be on speaking terms
Speaking Speak"ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster]

2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster]

{A speaking acquaintance}, a slight acquaintance with a person, or one which merely permits the exchange of salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects.

{Speaking trumpet}, an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.

{Speaking tube}, a tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance.

{To be on speaking terms}, to be slightly acquainted. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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