Definition of shop in English:

shop

noun

  • 1A building or part of a building where goods or services are sold.

    ‘a video shop’
    ‘a barber's shop’
    • ‘With Christmas and New Year a few days ahead, customers have started visiting shops selling greetings cards.’
    • ‘Today a variety of shops sell modern Western-style clothing to the Inuit.’
    • ‘She designs framing for art and sells it to retail shops and furniture stores.’
    • ‘Corner dairies and shops in Auckland sell pipes for methamphetamine.’
    • ‘The goods sold in these shops are a wide variety of household goods and furniture.’
    • ‘By law, video shops and stores selling computer games are supposed to explain the classification system with large posters.’
    • ‘EU beef labelling regulations currently apply to meat sold in shops but not to restaurants and other food service outlets.’
    • ‘The 15 cent levy will apply at the point of sale in supermarkets, shops, service stations and all sales outlets.’
    • ‘I caught the bus to historic Scottsdale, which has more than 100 shops and boutiques, selling Indian jewellery and crafts.’
    • ‘It was lined with shops and stands selling everything from fruit to weapons, and it was swarming with people.’
    • ‘Most work is found in independent shops selling fabrics, hardware, food, and drinks.’
    • ‘By western standards the city seems poor but there are plenty of shops and stalls open selling all sorts of goods.’
    • ‘In some places, thugs resentful of Western influence have attacked shops that sell Valentine cards.’
    • ‘They import goods from Pakistan, Japan, and China and sell them in makeshift shops or in stalls alongside the street.’
    • ‘Most shops sell local delicacies such as dumplings in wild ginger flower leaves and Hakka tea.’
    • ‘He had been a cobbler, but the building was now a shop selling storage chests and suitcases called The Cargo Cult.’
    • ‘Dong got to know the company through an advertisement posted on the outer walls of a shop selling building materials.’
    • ‘Now, they are marketed as essential and whole supermarket aisles and entire shops are devoted to selling them.’
    • ‘Pet shops and supermarkets sell a huge variety of flea dips and shampoos for your pet.’
    • ‘This simply gives shop owners the opportunity to open their shops during a long weekend and provide service to their customers and tourists.’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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    1. 1.1British informal [in singular]An act of going shopping.
      ‘she slogged her way round the supermarket doing the weekly shop’
      • ‘Most people, however, have to squeeze the weekly shop in after work!’
      • ‘The people of Churchill Flats appealed for an access bus to be provided to take them to Morrisons for a weekly shop.’
      • ‘So if you need a car twice a week, for example to do the weekly shop and to go somewhere not accessible by public transport, you could use a Car Club car.’
      • ‘Yet there's no reason you couldn't load it up with the weekly shop.’
      • ‘We often eat omelettes on a Thursday night, our last dining-in night before the weekly shop to restock at the Farmers Market.’
      • ‘At the rate I was going the fridge would be sitting unused for 3 days and the weekly shop had to be done.’
      • ‘It can also be great for taking the children to school, visiting friends, going to a football match or concert, doing the weekly shop.’
      • ‘Buying fuel with the main weekly shop will become standard practice at suburban shopping centres here as it is in France.’
      • ‘Besides, it makes much more sense to set up a regular direct debit or Standing Order to a savings account rather than trying to build up savings on a whim during the weekly shop.’
      • ‘Sure, we argue but we try to make sure that our kids have a good life, and do everything as a family, from trips to the beach to the weekly shop.’
      • ‘What do you do with all the cartons and papers that follow a weekly shop?’
      • ‘I've also recently taken over doing the weekly shop.’
      • ‘But she says these are special occasion indulgence pieces, not necessarily suitable for doing the weekly shop or walking the dog.’
      • ‘A giant Sainsbury's store will open in Hazel Grove in Stockport, offering a range of innovative ideas designed to take the strain out of the weekly shop.’
      • ‘Economising on both eating out and the weekly shop means they spend just £71 per week.’
      • ‘They have never had a holiday and say a weekly shop - and lunch - at Morrison's is excitement enough for them.’
      • ‘When it comes to the weekly shop, Waitrose means shorter queues and higher prices while Morrisons means longer queues and lower prices.’
      • ‘Back in 1995 I used to be able to complete the weekly shop at Food Giant in Middlesbrough for £25.’
      • ‘It will help customers to find out how easy the car is to park, how it handles the weekly shop and how much fun it is to drive.’
      • ‘Its stores have a 1960s feel and customers find they can buy just about anything they would get there in a weekly shop at a supermarket.’
  • 2[usually with modifier] A place where things are manufactured or repaired; a workshop.

    ‘an auto repair shop’
    • ‘Their solution was to require all students to spend a semester in an automobile repair shop, so that they learnt to use their hands in diverse ways.’
    • ‘Aside from farm labor, underage boys work in tea gardens as waiters, auto repair shops, and small wood and metal craft industries.’
    • ‘The only large building, was indeed a gas station that double as a garage repair shop.’
    • ‘Before it closed in 2000, the garage was the city's oldest automotive repair shop.’
    • ‘During holidays, he works at a cycle repair shop to earn enough for food.’
    • ‘Friends Khaled and Said work together in a small auto repair shop.’
    • ‘Have you got a friendly mower repair shop in your neighbourhood?’
    • ‘Without a serial number, a watch cannot be serviced or repaired by an authorized repair shop or the manufacturer.’
    • ‘I even manage an auto repair shop and I know nothing about cars.’
    • ‘He will soon be opening his new shop to service the ever expanding town and its environs.’
    • ‘Indoor bike storage and a repair shop support those who pedal to work.’
    • ‘Lux Studios's space is a former gas station and auto repair shop with all new interiors by FTF Design Studio.’
    • ‘Amber now also delivers to businesses, like auto repair shops.’
    • ‘Danny's car was in the shop for routine maintenance, so Lily volunteered her car for Danny to drive.’
    • ‘Tickets can be purchased in Harry McCafferty's Shoe Repair shop.’
    • ‘Or take it to an appliance or auto repair shop and see what they would charge to do this.’
    • ‘Next to take the stand was the owner of the shoe repair shop.’
    • ‘So we stopped at a repair shop to fix the dynamo belt.’
    • ‘In the large, clean-swept repair shop, Schoeffler poured coffee into a plastic cup.’
    • ‘According to the information, Zhao was involved with a certain hotel and repair shop in Baoding.’
    workshop, workroom, plant, factory, works, manufacturing complex, industrial unit, business unit, mill, foundry, yard, garage, atelier, studio
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    1. 2.1A room or department in a factory where a particular stage of production is carried out.
      ‘the machine shop’
      • ‘Our small machine shop has found it cheaper to import some products from overseas than to build them in-house.’
      • ‘The lower floor will contain car bays, production areas, composites, machine shops, and TAG Electronics.’
      • ‘So he gave us this dreadful two-hour tour of his machine shop explaining what every lug nut was for, and what he had invented.’
      • ‘After being prepared in the machine shop, the group planned to have the panels installed last Tuesday.’
      • ‘In my first real job I was placed in a small office next to the company's machine shop.’
      • ‘He worked with the power supply vendor and machine shop to get the power supply modified for water cooling.’
      • ‘Patent laws restrict what we may do with the raw materials we buy and seek to transform into products in our factories or machine shops.’
      • ‘Drills, lathes, and milling machines produce metal trimmings that machine shops discard as trash or melt down for reuse.’
      • ‘This was solved in 1880 when an existing machine shop was built upon.’
    2. 2.2informal The place where one works.
      ‘she pointed to the classroom ceiling—‘I live here, over the shop.’’

verb

  • 1[no object] Visit one or more shops or websites to buy goods.

    ‘she shopped for groceries twice a week’
    ‘sometimes it's more convenient to shop online’
    [with object] ‘take a trip to downtown San Diego to shop the upscale stores of Horton Plaza’
    • ‘So you might want to pick something fancy out or go shopping.’
    • ‘I frowned and pushed back my wet black and violet hair, wondering when we would next get time to go shopping so that I could pick up some dye.’
    • ‘When we go shopping we have to pick up some stuff the decorator requested.’
    • ‘‘Actually, Chandler and I were just heading out the door to go shopping for some school stuff,’ I replied.’
    • ‘While many people liked the idea of such a home, 80% thought it would simply be too expensive to go shopping for all the gadgets to make it a reality.’
    • ‘Come on, jump in the car, let's go shopping!’
    • ‘If you go shopping for household goods like clocks, lamps, chairs or even pasta, you will often find this French designer's name jumping out at you.’
    • ‘Go shopping and pick out the stuff you like at any store, then wait a few weeks and go back to get it when it's sitting on the sale rack.’
    • ‘There was absolutely no reason for the attack and it is sad in this day when you can't go shopping in broad daylight safely.’
    • ‘I like to go shopping in the traditional markets.’
    • ‘His happy side disappears when we go shopping.’
    • ‘I like to be able to go shopping on Bond Street without being recognised.’
    • ‘I always make a list before setting off to the supermarket, because frankly there isn't any hope of getting anything bar a decent bottle of Shiraz if I go shopping without one.’
    • ‘My parents have a vacation house in the East of France, and when they're there, they go shopping at the open-air market in Gerardmer, a pretty lakeside town nearby.’
    • ‘‘We'll go shopping to pick you up something to wear,’ she said grinning happily at me.’
    • ‘I want go shopping in early November if possible.’
    • ‘I'd better go shopping then and get a new outfit.’
    • ‘If one pair gives you blisters go shopping and pick up a new pair.’
    • ‘It's going to be really cool to be back in Auckland, go to the beach, catch up with my mates and go shopping at Ricochet.’
    • ‘‘Before I used to love to come into town to go shopping but now I might only come in once a year because it's too much trouble,’ she said.’
    go shopping, do the shopping, buy what one needs, buy what one wants, buy things, go to the shops
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    1. 1.1Look for the best available price or rate for something.
      ‘they shopped around for cheaper food’
      • ‘So, you can shop around for lower prices without compromising on quality.’
      • ‘In my view, you should be allowed to shop around for the best rates without this potentially counting against you.’
      • ‘These days it is much easier to shop around and get decent rates for mortgages and personal loans.’
      • ‘Before starting to make extra payments, shop around to find the best possible rate.’
      • ‘He said this showed people were shopping around for good value and spending more in sectors where prices were weaker.’
      • ‘It will pay to shop around and see if there are any offers available.’
      • ‘I have shopped around and gotten lower rates, but they are still too high.’
      • ‘So, if you're shopping around for a loan, make sure you check what rate you're actually getting before signing on the dotted line.’
      • ‘Still, if you shop around you should get an idea of what's available and you might find the balance you're looking for.’
      • ‘Bide your time, shop around and make sure you get the best package available to you.’
      • ‘Unable to shop around, these householders may become hostages to huge price increases.’
      • ‘It is best to shop around to obtain tickets at the best possible price.’
      • ‘It is important to shop around and compare prices before you swoop in on the ideal gadget.’
      • ‘The trick is to book as far in advance as possible and shop around for the best rates.’
      • ‘The best advice is still to shop around to find the best conversion rates and lowest commission charges.’
      • ‘Those preparing the same meal in the capital could save €14.50 by shopping around for the best prices.’
      • ‘And there are currently some great rates out there for those willing to shop around.’
      • ‘By shopping around constantly, they can stay ahead of changing rates.’
      • ‘So, don't let your suppliers take you for granted - if they put their prices up, take action by shopping around for a better deal.’
      • ‘Naturally, I'll shop around for the most attractively priced policy before signing up.’
  • 2British informal [with object] Inform on (someone)

    ‘she shopped her husband to bosses for taking tools home’
    • ‘Residents in Barnoldswick are being urged to shop thieves to the police in a bid to crack down on sneak-in burglaries in the area.’
    • ‘His wife shopped him to me with a bitter complaint about his clothes bill.’
    • ‘A Taiwanese student shopped him to the cops when the virus struck again this year.’
    • ‘Just last week, leaflets urging young people to shop drug dealers were posted through household letter-boxes and handed out in Tesco.’
    • ‘There is still considerable reluctance to shop another doctor, no matter how dishonest he or she is.’
    • ‘But I am still intrigued about how or why I was shopped.’
    • ‘Residents are being urged to use the hotline to shop nuisance neighbours and advise police and councils of vandalism and abandoned cars blighting the area.’
    • ‘School children in Cleckheaton are being urged to shop drug dealers to a confidential helpline.’
    • ‘During police interviews Roberts denied the robbery and claimed that Lane was an informant who was being paid by the police to shop him.’
    • ‘The 28 year old chap decided his mother and sister had to go as well in case they shopped him to the police.’
    • ‘He would know they aren't going to shop their own father or husband.’
    • ‘Of course, we all have a public duty and, indeed, a vested interest in shopping people who don't pay their taxes.’
    • ‘First Minister Jack McConnell yesterday urged people in drug ravaged areas to shop drug dealers.’
    • ‘Even off the record he was unprepared to shop a man who, we both knew, was making his life very difficult at that time.’
    • ‘Police are encouraging the public to use the drugs hotline and shop a dealer.’
    • ‘And you can help stop the drugs getting on to the streets by shopping the dealers by phoning the Advertiser-backed Swindon Drugs Helpline.’
    • ‘Police today appealed for two other passengers in the Mondeo, who took no part in the attack, to come forward and shop their friend.’
    • ‘In most cases employees were shopped by fellow staff who were miffed by the guilty party wasting time on the web.’
    • ‘She immediately shopped me to Jack.’
    • ‘Last year, after Sinead O'Connor shopped him to the police for alleged possession of a class A substance, he checked himself into the Priory, but was later thrown out for bad behaviour.’
    inform against, inform on, betray, sell out, tell tales on, be disloyal to, be unfaithful to, break one's promise to, break faith with, stab in the back
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  • 3informal [with object] Alter (a photographic image) digitally using Photoshop image-editing software.

    ‘I reckon you shopped the image’
    • ‘I can't tell if the photo has been shopped or if these guys were actually there.’
    • ‘If it's not shopped, the photo was likely taken the next day.’
    • ‘Though it looks shopped, the picture is genuine.’
    • ‘Much of what she aspires to is not "out of the camera" but had been shopped a little.’
    • ‘He now has a shopped photo of him in a Knicks uniform.’
    • ‘Who cares that photo is shopped?’
    • ‘Zoom in and the shopped nature of this image is actually pretty obvious.’
    • ‘Those photos aren't shopped.’

Phrases

  • all over the shop

  • set up shop

    • Establish oneself in a business.

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

    • 1Cease trading.

      • ‘The statistics show 8,600 farmers shut up shop and 6,600 farm workers left the industry in the 12 months to June this year.’
      • ‘Traders in Walcot are shutting up shop early because their customers have become too frightened to buy groceries.’
      • ‘Haberdasher Mary Tinson shut up shop for the last time on Tuesday after 38 years selling fabric and buttons to the people of Chippenham.’
      • ‘This place is losing money and you can only go on doing that for so long before you have to shut up shop.’
      • ‘Sharon Hudson, who runs furniture shop The Town House in Micklegate, said she was shutting up shop at lunchtime.’
      • ‘But the three-storey tea bar, which had £500,000 backing, has been plagued with problems since it opened 15 months ago and has shut up shop.’
      • ‘I think there will be more than a few tears when this great old building shuts up shop.’
      • ‘Corus can make more money by shutting up shop and moving abroad.’
      • ‘He is even considering shutting up shop while the work is on because no one - except for hungry roadworkers - will be able to get to him.’
      • ‘Yorkshire farmers and rural businesses are being urged to shut up shop for a day and join a mass march in London to demonstrate against the Government's handling of the foot-and-mouth crisis.’
      1. 1.1informal Cease doing something.
        ‘flowers that come in one great burst, then shut up shop for the rest of the year’
        • ‘A meeting was held and we came very close to shutting up shop.’
        • ‘Barry, who will shut up shop at the end of May at the age of 64, said he would carry on singing.’
        • ‘On Tuesday I should have made some changes and shut up shop, but you learn from these things.’
        • ‘But in contrast to other national institutions that are shutting up shop for Christmas nobody knows when - if ever - it will re-open.’
        • ‘So why is horse racing simply waiting for things to get worse - and awaiting official instructions - rather than shutting up shop?’
        • ‘I think that's because the good teams often come here and shut up shop so we have to cope with that.’
        • ‘‘I had no option but to shut up shop as everything was a complete mess and the dining room was unusable,’ said Mrs Ratcliffe.’
        • ‘Grange town councillors welcomed news of the extra manpower but expressed frustration that it would not mean the resurrection of Grange's police station which shut up shop in February 1999.’
        • ‘The Britain in Europe campaign is shutting up shop, firing its regional directors.’
        • ‘This could be still taken into account with a bonus point system, to encourage teams to continue scoring or taking wickets instead of shutting up shop or going on the defensive.’
  • talk shop

    • Discuss matters concerning one's work, especially at a social occasion when this is inappropriate.

      ‘he and his fellow workers would incessantly talk shop in the village pub’
      • ‘In the first instance, I took over and talked shop with the club guy.’
      • ‘Hundreds of show-goers mingled and talked shop before heading out into the early spring evening.’
      • ‘The rest of the cast talks shop in between looking concerned or angry.’
      • ‘Chart topper Juliette Turner talked shop with Dawn Kenny who is the supporting act for her performance on Monday 5th August.’
      • ‘We talked shop for a few minutes before she got in a call to her people and sorted out the limo situation.’
      • ‘We talked shop with Larry Hughes for a minute.’
      • ‘They talked shop and brought me up to speed on their office politics.’
      • ‘Sitting around the table in the pub, we discussed things, caught up with each other, talked shop and threw around a few jokes.’
      • ‘Wright and Goldschmidt were known to be on good terms and undoubtedly talked shop often.’
      • ‘A marketing girl and her colleague talked shop for a while, discussing the approach to the market research, questions about breakfast cereals, etc.’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French eschoppe lean-to booth, of West Germanic origin; related to German Schopf porch and English dialect shippon ‘cattle shed’. The verb is first recorded (mid 16th century) in the sense ‘imprison’ (from an obsolete slang use of the noun for ‘prison’), hence shop.

Pronunciation:

shop

/ʃɒp/