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chatter away

1. Of a person, to talk idly or incessantly. Now that she can talk, my little girl will just chatter away all day long. Well, he's still chattering away, but I stopped listening a while ago.
2. Of an animal, to make a series of noises. The chipmunk started chattering away as I got closer to it.
See also: away, chatter
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Philip sat silent while they chattered away and thought how good it was to see people happy.
Philip remained silent, while the others chattered away, but he was enjoying himself.
He asked about mutual acquaintances, and she became still more animated and chattered away giving him greetings from various people and retailing the town gossip.
Antonia seemed to like it; she held her little sister by the hand and chattered away in that language which seemed to me spoken so much more rapidly than mine.
She did not feel cross when Martha chattered away. She felt as if she rather liked to hear her, and at last she thought she would ask her a question.
Before the garden there was a large iron railing with an iron door, it looked quite splendid, and people stood still and peeped in, and the sparrows hung by scores in the vine, and chattered away at each other as well as they could, but it was not about the old house, for they could not remember it, so many years had passed--so many that the little boy had grown up to a whole man, yes, a clever man, and a pleasure to his parents; and he had just been married, and, together with his little wife, had come to live in the house here, where the garden was; and he stood by her there whilst she planted a field-flower that she found so pretty; she planted it with her little hand, and pressed the earth around it with her fingers.
So engrossed was he with his occupation that he appeared to have forgotten our presence, for he chattered away to himself under his breath the whole time, keeping up a running fire of exclamations, groans, whistles, and little cries suggestive of encouragement and of hope.
The child suddenly becoming animated, chattered away in her baby language, something about "mammy" and that "mammy would beat her," and about some cup that she had "bwoken." The child chattered on without stopping.
As we chattered away in front of the graves, I wondered at times if the dead were listening to us or if they were having their own reunions, partaking of the offerings made in front of their graves: food, soft drinks, even liquor and cigarettes-the dead don't get lung cancer or emphysema, after all.
And I've seen some amazing new lights we could have a disco!" she chattered away, following me around the shop.
Yesterday I sat in the living room and watched as my two daughters chattered away. I really felt I was invisible.
Drivers would not be charged if they chattered away on a hands-free set
The American and two Russians chattered away from space but our Queen said nothing.
Bruce shook hands and then waved him away as if to say, 'forget about it', but Parkinson walked with him halfway down the touchline towards the tunnel and they chattered away, clearly still in disagreement.
Sir Ian chattered away to David Frost, claiming "there was a real clarity now that al-Qaeda affiliates are targeting Britain".