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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.
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chatter about (someone or something)

To talk idly, incessantly, or excitedly about someone or something. Why are all of these people suddenly chattering about me? Well, he's still chattering about how wonderful this program is, but I stopped listening a while ago.
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chatter from (something)

Of teeth, to touch together noisily, usually because one's whole body is shivering in the cold. My teeth were chattering from what seemed like Arctic winds.
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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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chatter about someone or something

to talk idly and actively about someone or something. All the guests were chattering about something or other. People are chattering about you and Claire. Do you want to know what they are saying?
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chatter (away)

 (at someone or something)
1. Lit. to talk incessantly or noisily to or at someone or something. The parrot was chattering away at its reflection in the mirror. The kids were chattering away, Stop chattering at me!
2. Fig. [for a small animal, such as a squirrel] to try to scare off someone or something. The little squirrel chattered away at the crow. The crow came close and the squirrel chattered away again.

chatter from something

[for one's teeth] to shake noisily with a chill from the cold, the dampness, a fever, etc. My teeth were chattering from the extreme cold. It was a terrible illness. My teeth chattered from the chills that followed the fever.
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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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Wanting exemplifies the "I" which places itself at the center of everything a chatterer could ever hope to accomplish.
UNITED STATES GERRMANY UNITED KINGDOM COUCH POTATOES 33% 41% 33% COUCH CHATTERERS 11% 19% 8% TV OTTERS 25% 21% 28% MODERATE MULTISCREENERS 12% 8% 13% INDIFFERENT MULTISCREENERS 11% 8% 9% MANIC MULTISCREENERS 8% 3% 10% FRANCE ITALY COUCH POTATOES 36% 22% COUCH CHATTERERS 9% 12% TV OTTERS 32% 27% MODERATE MULTISCREENERS 8% 12% INDIFFERENT MULTISCREENERS 10% 17% MANIC MULTISCREENERS 5% 10% SOURCE: HUB ENTERTAINMENT RESEARCH Note: Table made from pie chart
As Jimmy Carter spokesman Jody Powell joked, if Hitler and Eva Braun came on stage at the Gridiron Dinner and mocked themselves in a song-and-dance routine, Washington chatterers would say, "Oh, they're not so bad.
Let these self-satisfied chatterers take a few steps outside their comfortable, wellheeled worlds and instead take a long, hard look around the troubling space that the rest of us mere mortals endure.
The head of the armed forces wouldn't take the job on an interim basis, but the chatterers say there are a few candidates.
Sex sells, clearly, but chatterers are missing a huge (not sexy) story: The growth of Protestantism in South America.
Its newly introduced super-value tariffs also possess a many of minutes, customized to go with even the most prolific of chatterers.
the greatest chatterers would be the greatest thinkers" (188).
And the chuffed chatterers have their sights set on the world record this morning.
Racing's chatterers felt that would happen 12 months ago, when Hannon was unable to celebrate due to his recuperation from heart surgery - a quadruple bypass, no less.
Bloggers and other chatterers are already writing and talking about a Perry-Giuliani ticket, one of those balanced-ballot concoctions that asks the political diners if they'd like some octopus on the plate to offset the sweetness of the strawberries.
It would have helped, though, if the chatterers had kept quiet during tender versions of Little Soldiers and Do You Remember What You Came For?
Cable chatterers and newspapers are talking just as much about Bachmann as they are about the official Republican responder, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.
What would all those metropolitan chatterers with their guilt complexes and race-industry spokespeople do without the slave trade?
Talkative by nature, he was inordinately fond of chatterers.