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English definition of “machine shop”

machine shop

noun [C]     PRODUCTION
a room or building in a factory where there are machines for making things, especially for cutting and working with metal : The facilities included a machine shop equipped with lathes and drilling machines . I spent two years in the machine shop learning turning and welding .
US a small company that uses machines to make or repair things, especially by cutting and working with metal : He got a job in a machine shop in Portland, Oregon.
(Definition of machine shop noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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