talk shop

Definitions

  • William behind the shop counter, talking to the girl
    William behind the shop counter, talking to the girl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v talk shop discuss matters that are related to work "As soon as they met, the linguists started to talk shop"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Talk shop (coll.) to converse unseasonably about one's own profession
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Idioms

Talk shop - If you talk shop, you talk about work matters, especially if you do this outside work.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceoppa, a treasury (influenced by O. Fr. eschoppe, a stall.)

Usage

In literature:

At last the lunch came to an end and Mr. Brandon professed himself ready to talk shop.
"The Radio Boys Trailing a Voice" by Allen Chapman
Brodrick said he wasn't going to talk shop on Sunday.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
But I beg pardon, I'm not going to talk 'shop' to you.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
If I'm going to talk my shop, I want to talk it with folks who've been in it.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Man's got a right to talk to his friends, I reckon; but if he ain't, w'y, it's time to shut up shop.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
Could the man talk nothing, think nothing, but shop?
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
They talked shop together for perhaps an hour and a half.
"The Rose Garden Husband" by Margaret Widdemer
Identify yourself with your profession in this way; read "shop" and talk "shop.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Joe did not care to "talk shop," but somehow or other, he could not keep away from the subject that was nearest his heart.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
They found Mrs. Donaldson talking rapidly to the man in the shop.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
He began talking the usual market shop until his visitor stopped him.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Besides, it's a sort of `day of rest' remember, so we mustn't talk shop.
"The White Hand and the Black" by Bertram Mitford
He never once talked shop, and if he had a grievance hid it behind his mustache.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
Talking shop, I should say.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
In the barber-shops in the lesser wards they talked of him with enthusiasm, prophesying great triumphs.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
All men talk shop, just the same as women do.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
He talked shop to her and loved it.
"Manslaughter" by Alice Duer Miller
The Lindons are to be here for lunch, and I must stay and entertain the old lady while Father and Sir John sit in the study and talk shop.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
Show us the way to the dram-shop, or the nearest public, and we'll talk old times over a gill or two o' yale.
"The Parson O' Dumford" by George Manville Fenn
They're all engineers, and mostly you talk shop.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
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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:

With only 24 days left until the country reaches the so-called "fiscal cliff," ABC7's Mike Conneen talks with shoppers to see if it's having an impact on their holiday shopping decisions.
Talk really ain't cheap, so shop around.
Talking shop with investor/ publishers Alice Rogoff (Alaska Dispatch) and Vincent LoVoi (This Land Press).
40/29's Ben Wagner talked to a shop owner who explained the importance of shopping local.
We're not talking about shopping bags, but Christmas trees.
Shop owners and employees will stop to talk to her.
We also talked about the good and bad in getting plastic surgery in the back room of a tile shop.
This holiday season there has been a lot of talk about shopping and buying locally.
Goldsboro Optimist Club member, Bill Edgerton talks to Sherry Archibald, Paramount Theatre director, as she shops for Christmas trees one day recently.
From left, Chris Smith of Manchester, Marci Johnson of Marblehead and Cristie Carter of Hamilton shop in the Northshore Mall on Tuesday afternoon after talking about this year's Black Friday.
Don't let coffee shop talk roast your marketing plan.
Vice President Joe Biden talks with Costco employees in the bakery section of the store while shopping at Costco in Washington, Thursday, Nov 29, 2012.
Enrique Castillo, 48, of El Monte, talks on his smartphone while shopping with his family at Westfield West Covina mall in West Covina on Thursday, Sept 27, 2012.
Lifestyle and fashion shop Talk PR buys Beam in bid for tech growth.
It was then, three years ago, I wrote my first post for Shop Talk .
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