To powwow or have a powwow is to have a quick meeting. People powwow when they need to discuss something.

Originally, powwow was a Native American term for a type of meeting or council. The term has since become a more general term for meetings and conferences, especially brief ones. Football players in a huddle are having a powwow. Two police officers may powwow before approaching a suspect. Anytime there's something to discuss and debate, you might need to powwow. At the end of a powwow, you should come to some kind of decision.

Definitions of powwow
  1. noun
    a council of or with Native Americans
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    type of:
    a meeting of people for consultation
  2. noun
    (informal; now considered offensive) a quick private conference
    synonyms: huddle
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    type of:
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
  3. verb
    (informal; now considered offensive) hold a powwow, talk, conference or meeting
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    type of:
    discuss, hash out, talk over
    speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
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