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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03 HHH HH THIS an intense domestic tale of adultery among the chattering classes.
The chattering classes are traumatised - he may well be alive for many years to come.
And it vividly reveals what - away from the chattering classes - has become a pretty widespread belief: That Islam is to blame for the terrorist atrocities of recent months.
We don't mind helping them but not if we are going to be ripped off by the chattering classes.
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.
The chattering classes wring their hands in anguish.
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.
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.
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.