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talking shop

(informal) a group or committee that has discussions that never result in action
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  • We never mention the aristocracy now—it would be like talking shop.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Moreover, like all other novelists, he rejoiced in talking shop.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • Professor Opdyke almost never was betrayed into the sin of talking shop.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • We are talking shop, and I am a little tired of taking life seriously.

    Berenice E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Ajax was talking shop, describing with some humour our latest deal, and the present high price of fat steers.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • A white-haired English lady once explained to me, somewhat severely, the meaning of "talking shop."

    My Memoirs Marguerite Steinheil
  • The Dervish said something she didn't quite understand about not talking shop on social occasions.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Redpath's lecturers put up at Young's Hotel, and spent their days at the bureau, smoking and spinning yarns, or talking shop.

  • Going into a hardware store to get a hatchet and a copper kettle, we cajole the proprietor into talking shop.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • I will not say that we were talking shop; the word has an offensive sound and might be misunderstood.

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