talking shop

noun

Definition of talking shop

British

  1. :  a place where people talk about doing things but do not actually achieve anything —usually singular She complained that Parliament had come to be an ineffective talking shop.

Word by Word Definitions

talkplay talking
  1. :  to deliver or express in speech :  utter

    :  to make the subject of conversation or discourse :  discuss

    :  to influence, affect, or cause by talking

  1. :  the act or an instance of talking :  speech

    :  a way of speaking :  language

    :  pointless or fruitless discussion :  verbiage

shopplay
  1. :  a handicraft establishment :  atelier

    :  a building or room stocked with merchandise for sale :  store

    :  a small retail establishment or a department in a large one offering a specified line of goods or services

  1. :  to examine goods or services with intent to buy

    :  to hunt through a market in search of the best buy

    :  to make a search :  hunt


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