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]


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  • (be) on speaking terms (with somebody) — be on ˈspeaking terms (with sb) | be ˈspeaking (to sb) idiom to be willing to be polite or friendly towards sb, especially after an argument • She s not been on speaking terms with her uncle for years. • Are they speaking to each other again yet? …   Useful english dictionary

  • be on speaking terms — (not) be on speaking terms to be refusing to talk to someone because you have had an argument and are still angry with them. She s not on speaking terms with her ex husband. (often + with) Jeanette and her mother haven t been on speaking terms… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not be on speaking terms — (not) be on speaking terms to be refusing to talk to someone because you have had an argument and are still angry with them. She s not on speaking terms with her ex husband. (often + with) Jeanette and her mother haven t been on speaking terms… …   New idioms dictionary

  • speaking terms — n. to be on speaking terms with smb. * * * to be on speaking terms with smb …   Combinatory dictionary

  • be on the outs with — {v. phr.} To not be on speaking terms with someone; be in disagreement with someone. * /Jane and Tom have been on the outs with one another since Tom started to date another woman./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be on the outs with — {v. phr.} To not be on speaking terms with someone; be in disagreement with someone. * /Jane and Tom have been on the outs with one another since Tom started to date another woman./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • be\ on\ the\ outs\ with — v. phr. To not be on speaking terms with someone; be in disagreement with someone. Jane and Tom have been on the outs with one another since Tom started to date another woman …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Speaking trumpet — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Speaking tube — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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