Definition of “closed shop” - English Dictionary

“closed shop” in American English

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closed shopnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkloʊzd ˈʃɑp/

a place of work where you have to belong to a particular labor union (= organization of workers)

(Definition of “closed shop” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“closed shop” in Business English

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closed shopnoun [ C ]

uk us

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)