To talk shop

Definitions

  • William behind the shop counter, talking to the girl
    William behind the shop counter, talking to the girl
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To talk shop to make one's business the topic of social conversation; also, to use the phrases peculiar to one's employment.
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Usage

In literature:

When Grandma would not listen, the woman went on to the shop and talked with Grandpa.
"Across the Fruited Plain" by Florence Crannell Means
They saw him several times, when men came to his shop and went in to talk to him.
"The Belgians to the Front" by Colonel James Fiske
After talking shop with the two colonels, he turned to me for the latest gossip.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
I don't intend to talk one syllable of shop while I'm here.
"The Early Bird" by George Randolph Chester
The following day, Sunday, three of them came again, but others went to some of the shops for a talk and a smoke.
"Everlasting Pearl" by Anna Magdalena Johannsen
But just then Mr. Mugg came in to open the shop for the day, and the toys had to stop talking and pretend to be stiff and unable to move.
"The Story of a Stuffed Elephant" by Laura Lee Hope
If you don't care to talk shop to-night, we won't.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
To talk 'shop' like a regular musician!
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
Then I went into the smiths' shops and thought about how sulky Pannell had been ever since I had talked to him about the wheel-bands.
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
They talked away till they got to the shop of old Hobson the carpenter.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
Hillard listened with increasing amusement to the shop-talk.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
Finally, he had a telephone put in his little shop, to be able to talk to his broker.
"The Tipster" by Edwin Lefevre
His greatest pleasure was to entice little children to his shop, talking to them as he worked.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
Oh, this proneness of the business man to talk shop!
"Aladdin & Co." by Herbert Quick
You're not here to worm things out of me by discussing my work talking shop.
"What The Left Hand Was Doing" by Gordon Randall Garrett
And perhaps even, if you chance to be of the same profession, you fall to talking shop.
"The Corner of Harley Street" by Henry Bashford
What was the use of a week's leave on the best snipe jheel about, if it was to be spent in talking shop?
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
But I'm not here to talk shop.
"The Secret of the Silver Car" by Wyndham Martyn
If I should, for Heaven's sake don't talk "shop" to me.
"Ginger-Snaps" by Fanny Fern
My darling, come and talk matrimony shop to Edith, Jack and I are going for a short ride before lunch.
"Dodo's Daughter" by E. F. Benson
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In poetry:

‘E lobs in me shop an’ -- “Is this enough rain for yeh?”
Honest yer Honor, I’d like to explain for yeh,
‘Twas n’t ‘is tone, or ‘is talk of the weather
And ‘twas n’t ‘is grin; but the whole lot together.
"'Wet'" by C J Dennis

In news:

Jean talks with Brad Wilson of BradsDeals.com* about online shopping deals, coupons codes and more that can save you up to hundreds of dollars.
You know, shopping, museums, plays and some R & R. When I talk about "big" I'm not referring to any town in Iowa, by the way.
GoErie.com was out early on Black Friday inside the Millcreek Mall talking to shoppers about their experience on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Berisha in the breeze in the shop the other day and we got to talking about the difference between hand cut dovetails a machine cut dovetails .
If you ever see a redhead with glasses shopping with a coupon binder, that's me – don't be afraid to stop and talk.
At East End Sports Cards, a local card shop, one of the guys there begins to talk about his experiences with football legend Paul Hornung.
We'll need that patience, because we want to talk about shopping malls.
Yes, I am talking about the "New Day" that has been added to your shopping calendar.
' Talk Shop , Not Jobs': The Right Way to Network and More.
350 Student Biz Whizzes to Pitch Execs, Talk Shop , Save World.
Afghan women talk to a carpet vendor in his shop in Kabul July 8.
Once a week, about two dozen people with a stake in how the Capital Gateway project unfolds meet in Lansing to talk shop.
If a Volkswagen could talk, it would say a trip to the shop is like a visit to the Nazi dentist in Marathon Man.
Metz, co-owner of Dad's Toy Shop, talks with a customer who stopped into Dad's Toy Shop on West Auglaize Street in Wapakoneta Friday to learn about many of the deals the local toy shop is offering this weekend.
Dave Cathey talks to the owner of the Savory Spice Shop about his unique store and what he offers.
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