from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Talk or conversation concerning one's work or business.
  • n. The jargon used in a specific business or field.

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  • n. Discussion of business in a social setting, especially using jargon.


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  • For chess buffs who tune in for some shoptalk from the game's most revered icon, there is this:

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  • I don't use their names, as a matter of course, but, too, "shoptalk" or a good story over dinner does not a public record make.

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  • Tonight me and Paco will do some shoptalk while Remco is working late at a client's office.


  • According to court documents unsealed last week, some of the Russian agents spent more than 10 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars schmoozing American academics and policymakers, glad-handing for little more than casual gossip and shoptalk.

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  • That leaves us with conversation, and the chitchat of artists usually alternates between shoptalk and gossip, which is interesting if you're in the business but otherwise pretty dull.

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  • But what I like best is the shoptalk among these guys who have all been trying to write the first draft of history, without much help from the primary participants.

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  • Ooops, I may have been a bit insensitive with my post, where I really wanted to shoptalk with you, a scriptwriter.

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  • Today Sharansky sounds tired of the Knesset shoptalk — ten years "is enough," he says.

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  • For the last few autumns, when America's real estate agents met at their annual convention, much of their shoptalk focused on navigating the red-hot housing market.

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  • The men made up work most Saturdays, facile metal molding, "coulda closed my eyes," shoptalk and coffee, truck details,

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