Definition of shop in English:

shop

Syllabification: shop
Pronunciation: /SHäp
 
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noun

  • 2 [usually with modifier] A place where things are manufactured or repaired; a workshop: an auto repair shop
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    • Lux Studios's space is a former gas station and auto repair shop with all new interiors by FTF Design Studio.
    • Without a serial number, a watch cannot be serviced or repaired by an authorized repair shop or the manufacturer.
    • Friends Khaled and Said work together in a small auto repair shop.
    Synonyms
    workshop, workroom, plant, factory, works, mill, yard
    informal salt mine(s)
  • 2.1A room or department in a factory where a particular stage of production is carried out: the machine shop
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    • He worked with the power supply vendor and machine shop to get the power supply modified for water cooling.
    • Our small machine shop has found it cheaper to import some products from overseas than to build them in-house.
    • Patent laws restrict what we may do with the raw materials we buy and seek to transform into products in our factories or machine shops.
  • 2.2 short for shop class. I got an A in shop last year

verb (shops, shopping, shopped)

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  • 1 [no object] Visit one or more stores or websites to buy goods: she shopped for groceries twice a week sometimes it’s more convenient to shop online [with object]: take a trip to downtown San Diego to shop the upscale stores of Horton Plaza
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    • When we go shopping we have to pick up some stuff the decorator requested.
    • Go shopping and pick out the stuff you like at any store, then wait a few weeks and go back to get it when it's sitting on the sale rack.
    • If one pair gives you blisters go shopping and pick up a new pair.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (shop around) Look for the best available price or rate for something: they shopped around for cheaper food
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    • The trick is to book as far in advance as possible and shop around for the best rates.
    • It is important to shop around and compare prices before you swoop in on the ideal gadget.
    • Before starting to make extra payments, shop around to find the best possible rate.
  • 2 [with object] informal , chiefly British Inform on (someone): a concerned member of the public had shopped him—wrongly—for accepting monetary reward
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    • Police are encouraging the public to use the drugs hotline and shop a dealer.
    • Even off the record he was unprepared to shop a man who, we both knew, was making his life very difficult at that time.
    • School children in Cleckheaton are being urged to shop drug dealers to a confidential helpline.
  • 3 [with object] informal Alter (a photographic image) digitally using Photoshop image-editing software: saying this picture was shopped was the way her lawyers attempted damage control
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    • If it's not shopped, the photo was likely taken the next day.
    • Much of what she aspires to is not "out of the camera" but had been shopped a little.
    • Though it looks ‘shopped, the picture is genuine.

Phrases

close (or shut) up shop

Cease business or operation, either temporarily or permanently: the cafes must shut up shop by July 22
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  • But industry watchers say that may favor established players such as his company because some of the upstarts of the go-go years may be forced to close up shop as business slips.
  • When their business fails, they close up shop and disappear.
  • Several business owners have been forced to close up shop, laying off workers and perpetuating Haiti's cycle of poverty, she said.
informal Stop some activity: rather than close up shop, the team has returned to fighting trim
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  • If after two years of digging he hasn't found any other crimes, he has an obligation to close up shop.
  • Finally, with a deficit topping $100,000, the board decided to close up shop.
  • I'm ready to run home and tell our members to close up shop.

set up shop

Establish oneself in a business: he set up shop as a hairdresser in Soho
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  • The charity survived a number of shop fires but these troubles made them stronger to set up shop again and again.
  • After the job finished, I decided to shut down my business in Canada and set up shop in North Carolina.
  • The hope is that, in time, small businesses will set up shop there.

talk shop

Discuss matters concerning one’s work, especially at a social occasion when this is inappropriate.
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  • We talked shop for a few minutes before she got in a call to her people and sorted out the limo situation.
  • Wright and Goldschmidt were known to be on good terms and undoubtedly talked shop often.
  • We talked shop with Larry Hughes for a minute.

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French eschoppe 'lean-to booth', of West Germanic origin; related to German Schopf 'porch' and English dialect shippon 'cattle shed.' The verb is first recorded (mid 16th century) in the sense 'imprison' (from an obsolete slang use of the noun for 'prison'), hence sense 2 of the verb.

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