talking shop

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talk shop

To discuss matters related to one's job, profession, or a particular pursuit. Our wives are both mechanics, so whenever our families get together, they end up talking shop for most of the time. Would you mind not talking shop while we're having dinner? I want to forget about work for a while. It was really nice talking shop with some other new parents.
See also: shop, talk

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

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
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Why are we paying pounds 8,000 for people to attend a talking shop, when most of those attending talk regularly amongst each other anyway?
The renovation of Butetown and other disadvantaged areas and the building of the children's hospital should have had a far higher priority than a new talking shop.
A former Cabinet minister says a high-profile meeting set to debate the future of the North-East must not become just another talking shop.
pounds 67 million would have been better spent on the next generation and stronger, healthier and securer communities, and not on a state of the arts talking shop to replace the serviceable ones they already have
As a member ofthe European Parliament he is a very well remunerated participant in the biggest, most costly and most useless talking shop of all.
A useless talking shop or a convenient, local hospital where the elderly can be cared for without the hassle of going to the Heath?
The unelected assembly is an expensive talking shop.
YOUR article and comments about the National Assembly in the January 10 edition of the South Wales Echo confirm what many people in Wales think: the National Assembly is an unnecessary and expensive talking shop which costs money that should be spent on real and necessary things such as health, education and social services.
TALKING SHOP Cameron leads yesterday's Downing Street summit
Blair and his talking shop of cronies sees to that.
Regionalisation will give us an under-funded talking shop that will remove the power of the people of the UK to Brussels.
I voted against the Assembly in the referendum, foreseeing it would be a talking shop and a dragon without teeth.
I don't think the members of the public want to see their senior politicians wasting their time in a talking shop.
TALKING SHOP Andre Villas-Boas and Didier Drogba in Thailand recently
There has been an uproar about the ridiculous cost of this glorified talking shop but we were still subjected to a lavish launch ceremony.