the chattering classes

plural noun

British, disapproving
: educated people who like to talk about politics, culture, society, etc.

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Recent Examples on the Web Sports cars had a good year in 1990, when, all by itself, the new Mazda Miata had the chattering classes wound up for about a year and a half. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2023 For a decade, Twitter was the premier watering hole for the chattering classes. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2023

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“The chattering classes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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