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Pronunciation: /ʃɒp
 
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Definition of shop in English:

noun

1A building or part of a building where goods or services are sold: a video shop a barber’s shop
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry;
establishment, emporium, department store, supermarket, hypermarket, superstore, warehouse club, warehouse, factory outlet, chain store, mall, shopping mall, shopping centre, retail centre, megastore, bargain basement, concession, market, mart, stall, stand, booth, counter, trading post;
British multiple (shop/store), lock-up;
informal shed
North American informal big box
1.1 [in singular] British informal An act of going shopping: she slogged her way round 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
More example sentences
  • 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, manufacturing complex, industrial unit, business unit, mill, foundry, yard, garage, atelier, studio;
British shop floor
archaic manufactory
2.1A room or department in a factory where a particular stage of production is carried out: the machine shop
More example sentences
  • 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 (the shop) informal The place where one works: she pointed to the classroom ceiling—‘I live here, over the shop.’

verb (shops, shopping, shopped)

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1 [no object] Visit one or more shops 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
More example sentences
  • 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
go shopping, do the shopping, buy what one needs/wants, buy things, go to the shops;
buy, purchase, get, acquire, obtain, pick up, snap up, procure, stock up on, get in supplies of, look to buy, be in the market for
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] British informal Inform on (someone): she shopped her husband to bosses for taking tools home
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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.
Synonyms
inform on/against, betray, sell out, tell tales on, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, break one's promise to, break faith with, stab in the back
British informal grass on, split on
North American informal rat out, finger, fink on, drop a/the dime on
Australian/New Zealand informal pimp on, pool, put someone's pot on
3 [with object] informal Alter (a photographic image) digitally using Photoshop image-editing software: I reckon you shopped the image
More example sentences
  • 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.

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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  • 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’.

Phrases

all over the shop

1
see all.

set up shop

2
Establish oneself in a business: he set up shop as a hairdresser in Soho
More example sentences
  • 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.

shut up shop

3
Cease trading.
Example sentences
  • Sharon Hudson, who runs furniture shop The Town House in Micklegate, said she was shutting up shop at lunchtime.
  • Corus can make more money by shutting up shop and moving abroad.
  • He is even considering shutting up shop while the work is on because no one - except for hungry roadworkers - will be able to get to him.
informal 3.1 Cease doing something: flowers that come in one great burst, then shut up shop for the rest of the year
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  • The Britain in Europe campaign is shutting up shop, firing its regional directors.
  • A meeting was held and we came very close to shutting up shop.
  • So why is horse racing simply waiting for things to get worse - and awaiting official instructions - rather than shutting up shop?

talk shop

4
Discuss matters concerning one’s work, especially at a social occasion when this is inappropriate: he and his fellow workers would incessantly talk shop in the village pub
More example sentences
  • 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.

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