Shop


shop noun, verb, shopped, shop·ping, interjection
-noun 1. a retail store, esp. a small one.
2. a small store or department in a large store selling a specific or select type of goods: the ski shop at Smith’s.
3. the workshop of a craftsperson or artisan.
4. the workshop of a person who works in a manual trade; place for doing specific, skilled manual work: a carpenter’s shop.
5. any factory, office, or business: Our ad agency is a well-run shop.
6. Education. a. a course of instruction in a trade, as carpentry, printing, etc., consisting chiefly of training in the use of its tools and materials.
b. a classroom in which such a course is given.
7. one’s trade, profession, or business as a subject of conversation or preoccupation.
-verb (used without object) 8. to visit shops and stores for purchasing or examining goods.
9. to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale: Retail merchants often stock their stores by shopping in New York.
10. to seek a bargain, investment, service, etc. (usually fol. by for): I’m shopping for a safe investment that pays good interest.
-verb (used with object) 11. to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale in or by: She’s shopping the shoe stores this afternoon.
12. Chiefly British Informal. a. to put into prison; jail.
b. to behave treacherously toward; inform on; betray.
13. Slang. to try to sell (merchandise or a project) in an attempt to obtain an order or contract.
-interjection 14. (used in a store, shop, etc., in calling an employee to wait on a customer.)
—Idioms15. set up shop, to go into business; begin business operations: to set up shop as a taxidermist.
16. shut up shop, a. to close a business temporarily, as at the end of the day.
b. to suspend business operations permanently: They couldn’t make a go of it and had to shut up shop.
17. talk shop, to discuss one’s trade, profession, or business: After dinner we all sat around the table and talked shop.


[Origin: 1250-1300; ME shoppe (n.), OE sceoppa booth; akin to scypen stall, shippon, G Schopf lean-to, Schuppen shed]
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