Definition of shop in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHäp/


1A building or part of a building where goods or services are sold; a store: a card shop a barber shop
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  • Pet shops and supermarkets sell a huge variety of flea dips and shampoos for your pet.
  • The goods sold in these shops are a wide variety of household goods and furniture.
  • She designs framing for art and sells it to retail shops and furniture stores.
store, (retail) outlet, boutique, emporium, department store, big box store, supermarket, superstore, chain store, market, mart, minimart, convenience store, trading post
1.1 [in singular] British informal An act of going shopping: she slogged her way around the supermarket doing the weekly shop
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  • At the rate I was going the fridge would be sitting unused for 3 days and the weekly shop had to be done.
  • What do you do with all the cartons and papers that follow a weekly shop?
  • The people of Churchill Flats appealed for an access bus to be provided to take them to Morrisons for a weekly shop.
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.
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)

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.
buy, purchase, get, acquire, obtain, pick up, snap up, procure, stock up on
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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  • I can't tell if the photo has been shopped or if these guys were actually there.
  • Zoom in and the shopped nature of this image is actually pretty obvious.
  • Who cares that photo is shopped?



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.
informal1.1 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.


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.

  • The earliest shops were small stalls or booths, like the ones you might see today in a market or used by a pavement trader. Shop came into English as a medieval shortening of early French eschoppe ‘lean-to booth’. The activity of shopping dates from the 1760s. The slang sense ‘to inform on’ is earlier, dating from 1583—the original implication was of causing someone to be locked up. A slang dictionary of 1874 first recorded all over the shop as ‘pugilistic [boxing] slang’—to inflict severe punishment on an opponent was ‘to knock him all over the shop’. Nowadays it means ‘everywhere, in all directions’, or ‘wildly or erratically’.

Words that rhyme with shop

atop, bop, chop, clop, cop, crop, dop, drop, Dunlop, estop, flop, fop, glop, hop, intercrop, knop, kop, lop, mop, op, plop, pop, prop, screw-top, slop, sop, stop, strop, swap, tiptop, top, underprop, whop

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