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rabbit on British English

Meaning: to talk for a long time, esp. about things that aren't important

For example:

  • Stop rabbiting on about nothing, will you, and go to sleep.

  • Once my wife gets on the phone with one of her friends, they rabbit on for hours. God knows what they talk about.

Origin: from "rabbit and pork", which is rhyming slang for "talk" in parts of England

Variety: This slang is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Madge was sitting there rabbiting on about all her relatives for
  1. a few seconds
  2. a minute or so
  3. an hour or more

Discuss: rabbit on

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