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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But meanwhile, a Chinese business class had immigrated to Johannesburg, setting up shop at the lower end of Commissioner Street.’
    • ‘The charity survived a number of shop fires but these troubles made them stronger to set up shop again and again.’
    • ‘Businesses also claimed that the price hike could deter companies from setting up shop in Southampton.’
    • ‘If big companies are swooping down on the main roads, smaller ones are setting up shop in the by-lanes.’
    • ‘In Selby, firefighters turned into car washers, setting up shop in Tesco supermarket car park to raise £581 in under four hours.’
    • ‘After the job finished, I decided to shut down my business in Canada and set up shop in North Carolina.’
    • ‘Then bet on Bob Simon and crew setting up shop nearly every other Saturday at East Liberty's Royal York Auction Gallery.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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