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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 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 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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informal Someone who talks constantly or excessively, especially about trivial or irrelevant things. My five-year-old is such a chatterbox. Seriously, it feels like she can talk for hours at a time about whatever pops into her head! I hate getting stuck next to chatterboxes in a movie theater. If you wanted to talk, why on earth did you come to the movies!


1. verb To talk idly or incessantly. Now that she can talk, my little girl will just chitter-chatter away all day long. My date is still chitter-chattering away, but I stopped listening a while ago.
2. noun Idle or incessant talk. Now that my daughter can talk, I get to listen to her chitter-chatter all day long. You can always count on some inane chitter-chatter in the conference room before a meeting starts.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Surely, the chattering classes can't be unaware of this incontrovertible reality.
Aggrieved ethnic minorities sought compensation for alleged and fantasised grievances from discrimination tribunals staffed by chattering class "workers" who had a new career path in the ethnic grievance industry.
The chattering class is above all composed of talkers located in expressive institutions: communications and media, the helping professions, teaching professions and most harmfully, the legal profession.
The chattering class are indeed experts; expertly promoting their collective and status interests and policies by manipulating agendas, subversive networking and operating in clusters in key government departments, especially departments which are involved in the authoritative allocation of values, such as education and law.
The chattering class has a distinct occupational profile: they do not have "jobs": they have careers, typically in the public sector, and have a vested financial and status interest in the expansion of the public sector.
Peter Walsh, a former finance minister in the Hawke Government, stated: "The greatest beneficiaries of [Whitlam's reforms], at least on the outlays side, were those who gained sinecures in an expanded public sector and the white collar middle class in general." The chattering class are dependent on government; government funding, contracts, research grants and subsidies.
The chattering class would be worthy only of satire if their influence were circumscribed by countervailing influences.
Chattering class policies are especially harmful to social order and cohesion.
The chattering class is expert at crisis intervention as they often play a critical role in creating such problems through their bizarre policies.
Policy areas in which chattering class policies have destabilised Australian society under the cover of "reform" are examined below.
The influence of the chattering class in the illicit drugs field has been particularly harmful and in some cases, literally deadly.
The chattering class began their dominance of public discourse on illicit drugs through the official adoption of the policy of harm minimization in 1985.
Harm minimisation, the chattering class drug reform and treatment paradigm, has increased drug-related harms especially in the form of viral infections.
outlets, which are never located in suburbs or inner city areas in which the chattering class reside or work.
The chattering class rule is "not in my front yard".