One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially of an item of food) bought in a shop as opposed to being home-made.‘shop-bought pasta sauces’
- ‘It is possible to cheat, too, since shop-bought custard is so much better than it used to be.’
- ‘As sandwiches should be quick and easy, I use shop-bought chocolate spread.’
- ‘I don't have shop-bought jelly in the house because it contains so many additives and colouring.’
- ‘Out came coffee and tea, and shop-bought mince pies with the tin foil still attached.’
- ‘While most people fly shop-bought plastic kites, many still elect to build their own.’
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