Definition of shut up shop in English:

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.’
    • ‘This place is losing money and you can only go on doing that for so long before you have to shut up shop.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Traders in Walcot are shutting up shop early because their customers have become too frightened to buy groceries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Haberdasher Mary Tinson shut up shop for the last time on Tuesday after 38 years selling fabric and buttons to the people of Chippenham.’
    • ‘Sharon Hudson, who runs furniture shop The Town House in Micklegate, said she was shutting up shop at lunchtime.’
    1. 1.1informal Cease doing something.
      ‘flowers that come in one great burst, then shut up shop for the rest of the year’
      • ‘I think that's because the good teams often come here and shut up shop so we have to cope with that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Barry, who will shut up shop at the end of May at the age of 64, said he would carry on singing.’
      • ‘So why is horse racing simply waiting for things to get worse - and awaiting official instructions - rather than shutting up shop?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But in contrast to other national institutions that are shutting up shop for Christmas nobody knows when - if ever - it will re-open.’
      • ‘On Tuesday I should have made some changes and shut up shop, but you learn from these things.’
      • ‘A meeting was held and we came very close to shutting up shop.’
      • ‘‘I had no option but to shut up shop as everything was a complete mess and the dining room was unusable,’ said Mrs Ratcliffe.’