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.
MORE talking shops on the Birmingham and Black Country integrated transport systems.
We all know the important decisions are taken by the inner cabinet and most councillors are little more than messengers attending bloated talking shops and being well paid to do so.
This is the type of person who can turn things round for young people in this area - not talking shops like the one I attended today, no matter how well-meant they are.
Talking shops such as the NCA should be the first casualty of cutbacks.
The Assembly Government yesterday hit back at charges by the opposition that the advisory panels it plans to create when the quangos are scrapped will be little more than talking shops.
The new talking shops have been set up to allow people to help shape the future of the country's health services.
He slammed the regional assemblies as little more than toothless talking shops, without any real powers.
But what do Labour's talking shops actually achieve?
Cabinet meetings are not intended to be talking shops and are not there to entertain Rodney Berman and Jayne Cowan.
Without rigorous enforcement; with force to back up the threats, and the will to carry them out, the wireless standards bodies could easily become little more than talking shops approving the latest submissions from the largest companies involved.
A NETWORK of grassroots forums in Northumberland - branded as expensive talking shops by critics - will have to survive without future financial support from the county council.