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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Yiddish
Origin: shmuesn 'to talk'

schmooze

verb
     
schmooze [intransitive] informal
to talk in a friendly way about unimportant things at a social event, especially because you want to gain an advantage for yourself later
schmooze with
Politicians spent much of their time schmoozing with contributors.

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