Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 6 14:50:14 UTC 2009

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> Does "shmooze" (or as I would spell it, "schmooze") mean "chat", as
> the Hebrew Union College survey overview says, or "chat idly" -- that
> is, with the sense of putting off something more important?

For me, just chat, but there's also a use with an undertone of attempted
verbal manipulation.

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