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 for To talk shop
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shop \Shop\, n. [OE. shoppe, schoppe, AS. sceoppa a treasury, a
     storehouse, stall, booth; akin to scypen a shed, LG. schup a
     shed, G. schoppen, schuppen, a shed, a coachhouse, OHG.
     1. A building or an apartment in which goods, wares, drugs,
        etc., are sold by retail.
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              From shop to shop
              Wandering, and littering with unfolded silks
              The polished counter.                 --Cowper.
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     2. A building in which mechanics or artisans work; as, a shoe
        shop; a car shop.
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              A tailor called me in his shop.       --Shak.
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     3. A person's occupation, business, profession, or the like,
        as a subject of attention, interest, conversation, etc.;
        -- sometimes in deprecation or disapproval; as, to talk
        shop at a party. Also used attributively, as in shop talk.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
     4. A place where any industry is carried on; as, a chemist's
        shop; also, (Slang), any of the various places of business
        which are commonly called offices, as of a lawyer, doctor,
        broker, etc.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     5. Any place of resort, as one's house, a restaurant, etc.
        [Slang, Chiefly Eng.]
     6. the group of workers and the activities controlled by an
        administrator; as, to have five people in one's shop.
     Note: Shop is often used adjectively or in composition; as,
           shop rent, or shop-rent; shop thief, or shop-thief;
           shop window, or shop-window, etc.
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     To smell of the shop, to indicate too distinctively one's
        occupation or profession.
     To talk shop, to make one's business the topic of social
        conversation; also, to use the phrases peculiar to one's
        employment. [Colloq.]
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     Syn: Store; warehouse. See Store.
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