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To discuss matters related to one's job, profession, or a particular pursuit. 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? I want to forget about work for a while. It was really nice talking shop with some other new parents.
A group or organization that spends far more time, effort, and resources on discussing policy or possible actions than actually doing anything meaningful. Primarily heard in UK. People have long criticised these inquiries as being nothing but talking shops, since their recommendations have no legal authority. To be honest, I think a talking shop is what we need at the moment—a chance for these groups to discuss their positions in person, rather than behind the poisonous anonymity of social media.
a talking shopmainly BRITISH or
a talk shopAMERICAN
COMMON If you describe an organization or a meeting as a talking shop, you mean it is not effective as its discussions have no practical results. Governments which used to dismiss the UN as a mere `talking shop' now see possibilities for the international body to act more as a world policeman. The Royal Society already had a reputation for being a mere talking shop. The committee is basically just a talk shop.