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talking shop

(informal) a group or committee that has discussions that never result in action
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  • Ajax was talking shop, describing with some humour our latest deal, and the present high price of fat steers.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • We never mention the aristocracy now—it would be like talking shop.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Words could not express his abhorrence of the indecent people who insisted on talking shop out of shop hours.

    The Divine Fire May Sinclair
  • Professor Opdyke almost never was betrayed into the sin of talking shop.

    The Brentons Anna Chapin Ray
  • If Mr. Garland and Mrs. Sharpe will excuse us for talking shop we might glance over them together.

    The Making of Bobby Burnit George Randolph Chester
  • The Dervish said something she didn't quite understand about not talking shop on social occasions.

    Miss Muffet's Christmas Party Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Vyvian, who was talking shop with Hilary, sighed deeply and laid down his fork.

    The Lee Shore Rose Macaulay
  • 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 struck a lawyer chum in the cars the other day and thought I'd interest him by talking shop.

    Step Lively! George Niblo
  • I will not say that we were talking shop; the word has an offensive sound and might be misunderstood.

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