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noun [C]
UK COMMERCE a place where people go to buy things: Our village shop sells mostly food and magazines. For more great bargains, visit our online shop! a book/clothes/shoe shop → Compare store noun
COMMERCE, PRODUCTION a place where particular things are made or repaired: All our delivery bicycles are regularly checked in the repair shop.
be in the shops UK COMMERCE be available for people to buy: Her new designs will be in the shops in the spring.
mind the shop UK to manage or look after a business when its usual owner or manager is not there: While their fellow employees are getting time off, they are left to mind the shop.
set up shop informal to start doing business somewhere: Several European retailers have set up shop in the US. Setting up shop on the web is an increasingly attractive option for young entrepreneurs.
talk shop disapproving to talk about things relating to your work when you are in a social situation, especially in a way that is not interesting to other people: I hate these dinners where everyone talks shop the whole time.
→ See also body shop, bucket shop, closed shop, corner shop, factory outlet, gift shop, job shop, machine shop, mobile shop, one-stop
(Definition of shop noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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