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English definition of “closed shop”

closed shop

noun [C]
 
 
HR, WORKPLACE a place of work where you have to belong to a particular trade union: Unions wanted to negotiate a closed shop with their employers.
disapproving a type of job, an industry, etc. that is only open to particular people or companies to work in and not to everyone: The US defence market was until recently a closed shop to all but American firms.
(Definition of closed shop from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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