idiom: to talk shop


Today I have another useful idiom for you: “to talk shop”.  We use this idiom when two or more co-workers talk about their work together in their free time. For example:

When your co-worker comes over for dinner tonight, please don’t talk shop. It’s really boring for me.

Can we please not talk shop at the office party? I’d rather talk about other things.

I invited my friend from the office out for dinner last night, and all she did was talk shop. I wish she wouldn’t do that.

In our culture, “talking shop” has a rather negative feeling to it because most people want to talk about other things in their free time. What about you? How do you feel when your co-workers start talking shop when you’re not at work?


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