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the chattering classes

Educated individuals known for frequently discussing and commenting on current events, such as politics, perhaps in the media. The term is often derogatory. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I wouldn't know what the chattering classes are on about—I pay no attention to all the talking heads.
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the chattering classes

articulate and educated people considered as a social group given to the expression of liberal opinions about society and culture. derogatory
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And since these security establishments rarely respond to this free-hand vilification and pillory, feeling safe in their minds of not being contradicted or challenged the chattering classes peddle whatever they want to demonise the military and its intelligence agencies.
How its academic elites would resist such an attempted enfranchisement with the chattering classes, Bill Haymes Compass Court, Norfolk Street, Coventry
Diana's comments undoubtedly made for much amusement among the chattering classes of her day.
Mugabe, who had two days earlier claimed victory in his country's violence- and fraud-ridden presidential elections, has fallen from hero to pariah among the chattering classes of Europe and the United States.
Look at the way their international summer festival was put together with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of imagination, garnering rave reviews from all and sundry, including the notoriously uneasy to please London chattering classes, such as those on Newsnight's Late Night Review.
A celebrity endorsement of some item, declared a "must have" by the chattering classes, and we believe all the hype - we really must have it.
THE favourite sport of the toffee-nosed chattering classes this summer was not the World Cup or Wimbledon.
Ashcroft, the eager chattering classes got lower-ranking committee members trading flaccid barbs with the attorney general's lieutenants.
Our readers know but the big words in the leader column must have confused the chattering classes.
The chattering classes recently worked themselves into a dither when an enterprising "fashion photographer" set up a Web site offering prospective parents a chance to purchase eggs "donated" by professional "models.
Every few years a book comes along that perfectly expresses the moment's conventional wisdom--that says pretty much what everybody else in the chattering classes is saying, but does it in a way that manages to sound fresh and profound.
The Labour Party has been hi-jacked by the professional and chattering classes, who see it as a good way of gaining power and the means of lining their pockets.
Not unpredictably, sections of the chattering classes have run away with the army chief's Ghazi Base pronouncements to launch into a scurrilous and provocative discourse.
She shared five homes across the world with the musician, private jets at her disposal, all the fripperies the chattering classes regard as vital to happiness.
The chattering classes wring their hands in anguish.