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A prolonged discussion or debate:‘a day-long talkathon on artistic freedom’
- ‘There was a huge talkathon in the United States Senate this week.’
- ‘Hobbs has a simple calculation that predicts a minimum level of commercial success for lib-lab talkathons.’
- ‘Though it's easy to see why Waking Life was better-loved, Linklater's live-action talkathon is still worth watching, even if it never transcends its self-imposed limitations.’
- ‘Merv's smart showing there got him a daytime chat show, whose geniality continues today in the Ellen DeGeneris talkathon.’
- ‘He insists that the denizens at the Guinness Book of World Records have given him the permission for the talkathon and were even watching his event closely.’
- ‘In the television age, senators have avoided round-the-clock talkathons, which had led their predecessors to set up cots in cloakrooms and rig up plastic bags so they wouldn't have to interrupt their orations for a bathroom break.’
1930s (originally US, denoting a debate artificially prolonged to prevent the progress of a bill): blend of talk and marathon.
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