Definition of set up shop in English:

set up shop

phrase

  • Establish oneself in a business.

    ‘he set up shop as a hairdresser in Soho’
    • ‘If big companies are swooping down on the main roads, smaller ones are setting up shop in the by-lanes.’
    • ‘After the job finished, I decided to shut down my business in Canada and set up shop in North Carolina.’
    • ‘Businesses also claimed that the price hike could deter companies from setting up shop in Southampton.’
    • ‘But meanwhile, a Chinese business class had immigrated to Johannesburg, setting up shop at the lower end of Commissioner Street.’
    • ‘The hope is that, in time, small businesses will set up shop there.’
    • ‘They adapt very well to an itinerant existence for a few weeks, setting up shop in various places, until they exhaust their stock of goods.’
    • ‘The charity survived a number of shop fires but these troubles made them stronger to set up shop again and again.’
    • ‘There's also been some talk about Chicago multi-instrumentalist Peven Everett setting up shop here with his trio sometime early in the new year.’
    • ‘Then bet on Bob Simon and crew setting up shop nearly every other Saturday at East Liberty's Royal York Auction Gallery.’
    • ‘In Selby, firefighters turned into car washers, setting up shop in Tesco supermarket car park to raise £581 in under four hours.’
    start trading, open for business, be ready for customers, be ready for visitors, admit customers, begin business, set up shop, put up one's plate
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