Definition of closed shop in English:

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closed shop

Pronunciation: /ˈklōzd ˈSHäp/


1A place of work where membership in a union is a condition for being hired and for continued employment. Compare with open shop, union shop.
Example sentences
  • Undoubtedly the freedom of association provisions were drafted with the intent of attacking unions, to break down so-called closed shops.
  • Some business sectors in Asia were once regarded by the West as a closed shop, but deregulation is now in full stride as corporate and political leaders strive to restructure and increase competitiveness.
  • The Publish-Or-Perish syndrome has always been a fact of life for academics, and in earlier times was the subject of much amusement both within and without the fairly closed shop of the scientific world.
1.1 [in singular] A system whereby a closed shop applies: the outlawing of the closed shop
More example sentences
  • While the trade unions still control access to employment in the sector through a closed-shop policy, they are in no position to present any serious challenge.
  • The interested amateur is likely to be repelled and hurt by this attitude of closed-shop trade-unionism.
  • By contrast, union members - especially in closed-shop industries - cannot simply renounce their union memberships, unless they're also willing to quit their jobs.

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Syllabification: closed shop

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