talking shop


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talking shop

n
informal a group or committee that has discussions that never result in action
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It's absurd and unfair," he had told Ruth weeks before, "this objection to talking shop.
It wouldn't be a talking shop if we were left to talk to ourselves.
but this will become a talking shop because any recommendations they make are going to need to be accepted by the Cabinet.
PAUL TINNION YOU say in your leader of September 23 that the North East regional assembly, rejected in 2004, was "but a talking shop with no authority".
Seems a lot of inconvenience for a talking shop in Newport Bryan Thomas THIS must be costing millions in a world of supposedly no money.
It is an opportunity to act sentimentally, as the European Parliament is just a great big very expensive talking shop with no hands on real power.
If the import of such queries is not immediately apparent to historians and literary scholars whose interests run along more general lines, their significance may be better appreciated by a comprehension of Talking Shop as essentially an ekphrastic study, one interested in the enriched understanding opened up by one medium's transliteration into another.
Summary: The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has been seen a talking shop that cannot emulate the power of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
Carrie Newcomer's song quoted by Heidi Schlumpf in the same issue may be a more trenchant theological comment: "I saw Jesus talking shop with the Buddha at the Starbucks.
But Conservatives said they believed the council of the regions was nothing but a talking shop which had been invented by Labour for electioneering purposes.
However, I'm going to be rather cynical and controversial here: I applaud the intention, I support the vision but I fear it's in real danger of becoming an ineffectual talking shop.
William Sellen exchanged upbeat e-mails with Dennis about once a month during his tour, he said, sometimes talking shop.