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When someone stops to engage in a conversation with another while passing them in public. These conversations are short, meaningless, awkward and mostly unwanted by at least one of the parties involved. This term was coined by Larry David on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Oh there's Tom, don't acknowledge him, he always wants to stop and chat.
by Chris Otte September 03, 2005
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Briefly, "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." Originally from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which has a lot more beautiful neologism definitions like this you might enjoy.
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when you see someone you dont really know too well or someone you have not seen in a long time in a public place and they want to stop and chat with you. They always seem to happen at the worst possible times too.
I hate stop and chats and it just happened twice! i just wanted to get a birthday card at the dollar store...thats what i get for thinking i could make a quick 5 minute trip without showering, wearing socks or putting on deodorant....
by squirrelzrrad April 17, 2009
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When you chat with someone you see in public that you know.. Anyway depending on were you lived it can be awkward...

Suburbanites feel the most awkward about any situation were they have to do small talk, and actually be social with a complete stranger or someone that know, and saw randomly.. YOu see suburbanites hate things that are random they want order, and want things in a straight line. Even the pebbles put on their driveways are in some damn pattern or sperated by colour.

If you live in a place lets say oklahoma city... WEll most likely you will see someone you know from somewhere, or you havent seen in a long time.. The culture here would be to talk because if oyu odn't talk people will think you are a prick, and rightfully so. It is rude to not do so otherwise... Of course you must olitely let them know that the short conversation is using up too much of their time
The poster above me is a suburbanite because small talk makes him or her awkward. stop and chat
by lordblazer February 11, 2007
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While your buys doing something, an aquaintance usually sees you and stops to talk for an hour and after that you forget what you were doing in the first place
Shirley wanted to stop and chat for so long I didn't get any of my work done!
by DizzyLizzy February 09, 2007
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As seen in Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, it is where someone begins speaking to someone they vaguely know while in a line as a means to get behind that person in the line and get ahead in line with that person.
Leon pulled a stop and chat, but people saw right through it and pushed him to the back of the line.
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by ReagansGhost76 March 20, 2020
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