What does shoot the bull mean?

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  1. (idiomatic) To chinwag; to talk idly.
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After that first year of college I was humping freight on loading docks for a summer job, and on breaks us kids would shoot the bull with the truck drivers.
Back in 1950, each day, they would come to eat lunch and shoot the bull out in front of Yamabe Bros.
I looked at the girls and asked whether we should shoot the bull.
Like two old men arguing over a hockey game, I gave in and we moved to a location which was better for video, but not for me to shoot the bull.

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