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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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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.
See also: chatter, classes
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The chatters, who were paid on commission basis, would assume different identities and nationalities while communicating with their foreign clients on these websites.
Eleazar said these interactions would usually lead to 'sextortion' in which chatters would demand money in exchange for not spreading the victims' lewd photos and videos.
(Li, 1997) uses the coherence function between two crossed accelerations (in the directions: axial X and vertical Z, measured by two accelerators mounted on the tool shank), to identify chatter in turning.
131, from class "[c.sub.6]" (Chatter)), the rest being of three digits.
The histograms of the column matrices corresponding to the monitoring indices [X.sub.5] and [X.sub.6] found for each class, underline the accurate use of these indices values for chatter detection: most recordings that belong to the first 5 wear classes takes the values of [X.sub.5] [member of] [6, 10], the maximum value being 14 (except for 3 values of 15 and 16 at c4 and one value of 15 at [c.sub.5]), while at class [c.sub.6] (Chatter) the minimum value is 10, most recordings take X5 [member of] [10, 24], and at 3 recordings [X.sub.5] [member of] [50, 55].
According to the criterion presented in chapters 2 and 3 (which operate with the last 2 columns in table 3), these recordings do not fall under class c6 (Chatter), but in c2.
"The bones looked very fresh," says Chatters. "They had a nice yellow-brown color to them, and that's how contemporary bones would look." The fact that they were located on a river bank also argued for a fairly recent vintage, since most bones do not weather well in a muddy environment.
Back at his lab, Chatters quickly profiled the remains.
Scientists have no way of knowing the color of Kennewick Man's skin - a point that Chatters and others have been careful to make from the start.
In his chatting, he always introduces himself to other chatters as a lady, giving them a false name and description.
Actually this commonly takes place with male and female chatters. A woman, for example, makes a relation with a man.
Chatter is embedded into the application, making it easy for consultants to post to a centralized project wall while on the road or on a client's premises.
Now, users can create Chatter streams triggered by changes to task statuses, enabling project managers to see tasks in context of the overall project, including resource allocation, skill set planning and other collaborative interactions.
The new iPhone app, along with our creative uses of Chatter, increase the ambient awareness of all team members involved with a project and improves the efficiency of all downstream activities, including billing, project reporting and resource management.”