the chattering classes

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

the chattering classes

articulate and educated people considered as a social group given to the expression of liberal opinions about society and culture. derogatory
See also: chatter, classes
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The chattering classes like it because they can get cheap tradesmen cleaners etc.
It was first a whispering campaign that started making the rounds of the grapevine in the chattering classes, accusing our military and its intelligence agencies of harbouring Afghan Taliban in sanctuaries on our territory.
President Obama set the chattering classes abuzz after his unilateral announcement to raise the minimum wage.
WHILE the brilliant and seemingly prophetic BBC2 comedy Twenty Twelve satisfies the cynicism of the chattering classes, at the tougher end of the social strata the Olympics is something to take dead seriously.
Certainly the chattering classes are pushing the notion hard, arguing that the dawning age of austerity is responsible for the nation's slow-lo-nonexistent economic recovery.
If we know where we have been ( Mr Price's report is just an element of this), where we are now and what are the plans for the future it can be written down for everybody to understand not just in gobbledegook just for the benefit of the chattering classes.
Matt Daniel and Kris Wood - the pair behind Newcastle catering firm Jackson's - have created a new business which aims to bring the fine dining experience enjoyed by the chattering classes of Queensland, Australia, to the North East.
Matt Daniel and Kris Wood - the pair behind Newcastle-based corporate caterer Jackson's - have opened a new business which aims to bring to the North East the fine dining experience enjoyed by the chattering classes of Australia.
Big Media and the chattering classes on the left claim that an anti-incumbency fever explains the push back from the American people against many Democrats and some Republicans at the ballot box.
Brown is sometimes criticised by the chattering classes of Middle England for his public image.
The chattering classes are deserting it in droves because it's too pricy and they don't know what it stands for any more (see Focus On p57).
If Nawaz Sharif had been in power I can bet anything the chattering classes would have ganged up against him.
How its academic elites would resist such an attempted enfranchisement with the chattering classes, Bill Haymes Compass Court, Norfolk Street, Coventry
THE very fact that half of Britain is on the booze is testament to the poor quality of life of the chattering classes.
Two decades ago, the chattering classes fretted about economic upheaval rising from Japan and the Asian Tigers.