talking shop

talking shop noun (informal)
A meeting or a place for discussion, as opposed to decision or action (also talk shop)
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Main Entry:talk

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talking shop UK [ˈtɔːkɪŋ ˌʃɒp] US [ˈtɔkɪŋ ˌʃɑp] noun [countable] [singular talking shop plural talking shops] british informal
an organization or meeting in which people talk too much and achieve nothing
Thesaurus: official meetings and conferenceshyponym

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noun, pl ⋯ shops [count]
Brit : 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.

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ˈtalking shop f17 [talking shop talking shops] noun (BrE, disapproving)
a place where there is a lot of discussion and argument but no action is taken

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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