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talk shop

1. verb To discuss one's trade or job in depth, especially with someone who is in the same profession. Jane and I got to talking shop about her new quilting business. My husband is a teacher, and whenever he gets together with his coworkers, they do nothing but talk shop the whole time.
2. noun A group or gathering that spends more time, effort, and resources on discussing policy or possible actions than actually doing anything meaningful. People have criticized the summit as a mere talk shop, since it is not legally binding for the countries that participate in it.
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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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This must not be a talking shop when the situation requires bold, decisive action.
More importantly judge the quality of the debaters we have elected as our political representatives to this present talking shop.
Us Scots also now know we are a nation with our own government, not just a talking shop for Westminster.
Tory Assembly leader Nick Bourne said: "Rhodri Morgan wants government by talking shop. He is a world-beater when it comes to creating endless streams of bureaucracy
If they put more finances into hospitals instead of wasting pounds 60m on a hot-air talking shop, there wouldn't be any problems.
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THE Queen was today opening Parliament - not at Westminster but in Birmingham, where children have their own talking shop.
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Piecing together Jones' statements and other public statements from S4C we now know with certainty, and for the record, that: * S4C's new media forum is no more than a talking shop with no executive commissioning power, influence or budget.