a talking shop

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talking shop

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.
See also: shop, talk
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

a talking shop

mainly BRITISH or

a talk shop

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.
See also: shop, talk
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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