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talk shop

To discuss matters related to one's job or profession. Our wives are both mechanics, so whenever our families get together they end up talking shop for most of the time. Would you mind not talking shop while we're having dinner?
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talk shop

to talk about business or work matters at a social event (where such talk is out of place). All right, everyone, we're not here to talk shop. Let's have a good time. Mary and Jane stood by the punch bowl, talking shop.
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talk shop

Converse about one's business or profession, as in Whenever John and his dad get together, they talk shop. [Mid-1800s]
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talk shop

If people who do the same kind of work talk shop, they talk to each other about their work. Although I get on well with my colleagues, if we hang around together all the time we just end up talking shop. Excuse me talking shop, Sara. Note: You can use the noun shop talk to describe this type of conversation. Conversation over dinner began with catching up on family matters, then turned to shop talk. Note: These expressions are often used to suggest that this is boring for other people who are present and who do not do the same work.
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talk shop

discuss matters concerning your work, especially in circumstances where this is inappropriate.
1990 G. Gordon Liddy The Monkey Handlers Lawyers talk shop, bounce ideas off one another all the time.
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talk ˈshop

talk about your work or business in a social situation with somebody who works with you: Are you two talking shop again? Why don’t you forget business for a while and come and meet my friends? ▶ ˈshop talk noun: We’ve discussed more intimate things than just shop talk.
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talk shop

To talk about one's work.
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