Definition of shop in US English:

shop

noun

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

    ‘a card shop’
    ‘a barber shop’
    • ‘EU beef labelling regulations currently apply to meat sold in shops but not to restaurants and other food service outlets.’
    • ‘He had been a cobbler, but the building was now a shop selling storage chests and suitcases called The Cargo Cult.’
    • ‘In some places, thugs resentful of Western influence have attacked shops that sell Valentine cards.’
    • ‘Today a variety of shops sell modern Western-style clothing to the Inuit.’
    • ‘Most shops sell local delicacies such as dumplings in wild ginger flower leaves and Hakka tea.’
    • ‘Now, they are marketed as essential and whole supermarket aisles and entire shops are devoted to selling them.’
    • ‘It was lined with shops and stands selling everything from fruit to weapons, and it was swarming with people.’
    • ‘Corner dairies and shops in Auckland sell pipes for methamphetamine.’
    • ‘The 15 cent levy will apply at the point of sale in supermarkets, shops, service stations and all sales outlets.’
    • ‘By western standards the city seems poor but there are plenty of shops and stalls open selling all sorts of goods.’
    • ‘By law, video shops and stores selling computer games are supposed to explain the classification system with large posters.’
    • ‘They import goods from Pakistan, Japan, and China and sell them in makeshift shops or in stalls alongside the street.’
    • ‘With Christmas and New Year a few days ahead, customers have started visiting shops selling greetings cards.’
    • ‘I caught the bus to historic Scottsdale, which has more than 100 shops and boutiques, selling Indian jewellery and crafts.’
    • ‘The goods sold in these shops are a wide variety of household goods and furniture.’
    • ‘Pet shops and supermarkets sell a huge variety of flea dips and shampoos for your pet.’
    • ‘Most work is found in independent shops selling fabrics, hardware, food, and drinks.’
    • ‘Dong got to know the company through an advertisement posted on the outer walls of a shop selling building materials.’
    • ‘This simply gives shop owners the opportunity to open their shops during a long weekend and provide service to their customers and tourists.’
    • ‘She designs framing for art and sells it to retail shops and furniture stores.’
    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 around the supermarket 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most people, however, have to squeeze the weekly shop in after work!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Economising on both eating out and the weekly shop means they spend just £71 per week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've also recently taken over doing the weekly shop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But she says these are special occasion indulgence pieces, not necessarily suitable for doing the weekly shop or walking the dog.’
      • ‘The people of Churchill Flats appealed for an access bus to be provided to take them to Morrisons for a weekly shop.’
      • ‘It can also be great for taking the children to school, visiting friends, going to a football match or concert, doing the weekly shop.’
      • ‘When it comes to the weekly shop, Waitrose means shorter queues and higher prices while Morrisons means longer queues and lower prices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have never had a holiday and say a weekly shop - and lunch - at Morrison's is excitement enough for them.’
      • ‘Yet there's no reason you couldn't load it up with the weekly shop.’
      • ‘Back in 1995 I used to be able to complete the weekly shop at Food Giant in Middlesbrough for £25.’
      • ‘What do you do with all the cartons and papers that follow a weekly shop?’
  • 2usually with modifier A place where things are manufactured or repaired; a workshop.

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

verb

  • 1no object Visit one or more stores or websites to buy goods.

    ‘she shopped for groceries twice a week’
    ‘don't buy a plastic carrier bag every time you go shopping’
    ‘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’
    • ‘‘Actually, Chandler and I were just heading out the door to go shopping for some school stuff,’ I replied.’
    • ‘Come on, jump in the car, let's go shopping!’
    • ‘So you might want to pick something fancy out or 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we go shopping we have to pick up some stuff the decorator requested.’
    • ‘‘We'll go shopping to pick you up something to wear,’ she said grinning happily at me.’
    • ‘I like to go shopping in the traditional markets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I like to be able to go shopping on Bond Street without being recognised.’
    • ‘I want go shopping in early November if possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His happy side disappears when we go shopping.’
    go shopping, do the shopping, buy what one needs, buy what one wants, buy things, go to the shops
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    1. 1.1shop around Look for the best available price or rate for something.
      ‘they shopped around for cheaper food’
      • ‘Unable to shop around, these householders may become hostages to huge price increases.’
      • ‘It is important to shop around and compare prices before you swoop in on the ideal gadget.’
      • ‘These days it is much easier to shop around and get decent rates for mortgages and personal loans.’
      • ‘Still, if you shop around you should get an idea of what's available and you might find the balance you're looking for.’
      • ‘It will pay to shop around and see if there are any offers available.’
      • ‘It is best to shop around to obtain tickets at the best possible price.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By shopping around constantly, they can stay ahead of changing rates.’
      • ‘He said this showed people were shopping around for good value and spending more in sectors where prices were weaker.’
      • ‘Bide your time, shop around and make sure you get the best package available to you.’
      • ‘So, you can shop around for lower prices without compromising on quality.’
      • ‘I have shopped around and gotten lower rates, but they are still too high.’
      • ‘In my view, you should be allowed to shop around for the best rates without this potentially counting against you.’
      • ‘The best advice is still to shop around to find the best conversion rates and lowest commission charges.’
      • ‘Naturally, I'll shop around for the most attractively priced policy before signing up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those preparing the same meal in the capital could save €14.50 by shopping around for the best prices.’
      • ‘The trick is to book as far in advance as possible and shop around for the best rates.’
      • ‘Before starting to make extra payments, shop around to find the best possible rate.’
      • ‘And there are currently some great rates out there for those willing to shop around.’
  • 2British informal with object Inform on (someone)

    ‘a concerned member of the public had shopped him—wrongly—for accepting monetary reward’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, we all have a public duty and, indeed, a vested interest in shopping people who don't pay their taxes.’
    • ‘His wife shopped him to me with a bitter complaint about his clothes bill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During police interviews Roberts denied the robbery and claimed that Lane was an informant who was being paid by the police to shop him.’
    • ‘Just last week, leaflets urging young people to shop drug dealers were posted through household letter-boxes and handed out in Tesco.’
    • ‘The 28 year old chap decided his mother and sister had to go as well in case they shopped him to the police.’
    • ‘Police are encouraging the public to use the drugs hotline and shop a dealer.’
    • ‘Police today appealed for two other passengers in the Mondeo, who took no part in the attack, to come forward and shop their friend.’
    • ‘School children in Cleckheaton are being urged to shop drug dealers to a confidential helpline.’
    • ‘And you can help stop the drugs getting on to the streets by shopping the dealers by phoning the Advertiser-backed Swindon Drugs Helpline.’
    • ‘She immediately shopped me to Jack.’
    • ‘In most cases employees were shopped by fellow staff who were miffed by the guilty party wasting time on the web.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A Taiwanese student shopped him to the cops when the virus struck again this year.’
    • ‘He would know they aren't going to shop their own father or husband.’
    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.

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

Phrases

  • all over the shop

    • 1informal Everywhere.

      ‘the government has set about building new roads all over the shop’
      1. 1.1In a disorganized or confused state.
        ‘market estimates for the second quarter were all over the shop’
  • set up shop

    • Establish oneself in a business.

      ‘he set up shop as a hairdresser in Soho’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Selby, firefighters turned into car washers, setting up shop in Tesco supermarket car park to raise £581 in under four hours.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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  • talk shop

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

      • ‘Wright and Goldschmidt were known to be on good terms and undoubtedly talked shop often.’
      • ‘The rest of the cast talks shop in between looking concerned or angry.’
      • ‘They talked shop and brought me up to speed on their office politics.’
      • ‘We talked shop for a few minutes before she got in a call to her people and sorted out the limo situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We talked shop with Larry Hughes for a minute.’
      • ‘Chart topper Juliette Turner talked shop with Dawn Kenny who is the supporting act for her performance on Monday 5th August.’
      • ‘Sitting around the table in the pub, we discussed things, caught up with each other, talked shop and threw around a few jokes.’
      • ‘A marketing girl and her colleague talked shop for a while, discussing the approach to the market research, questions about breakfast cereals, etc.’
  • close (or shut) up shop

    • 1Cease business or operation, either temporarily or permanently.

      ‘the cafes must shut up shop by July 22’
      • ‘Normally I would have to close up shop at about 5: 30, but lately, I have been closing at 7 pm or even later.’
      • ‘Lift trade restrictions that limit domestic competition and mom-and-pop retailers will close up shop.’
      • ‘I was just about to close up shop for the day, so let's go home.’
      • ‘The number of visitors has dropped sharply since the disaster, and has forced some traders to close up shop.’
      • ‘But industry watchers say that may favor established players such as his company because some of the upstarts of the go-go years may be forced to close up shop as business slips.’
      • ‘But on May 31, he will close up shop for the last time, a victim of falling prices, cutthroat competition, and sluggish consumer demand.’
      • ‘Several business owners have been forced to close up shop, laying off workers and perpetuating Haiti's cycle of poverty, she said.’
      • ‘Mrs Anderson said: ‘I may have to close up shop if guests cannot park here, it makes me so cross.’’
      • ‘When their business fails, they close up shop and disappear.’
      • ‘Business was relatively slow at several shopping centers in Glodok and Mangga Dua, West Jakarta, with many vendors deciding to close up shop, allowing the usually busy areas to become quiet for the rest of the day.’
      1. 1.1informal Stop some activity.
        ‘rather than close up shop, the team has returned to fighting trim’
        • ‘A large percentage of operations are located in these narrow valleys, so they will have to relocate to wider valleys or close up shop.’
        • ‘Finally, with a deficit topping $100,000, the board decided to close up shop.’
        • ‘I'm ready to run home and tell our members to close up shop.’
        • ‘Then it will close up shop and pull its people out.’
        • ‘The way the public and some critics have been carrying on about Richter, all other pianists - one gets the idea - should close up shop.’
        • ‘If after two years of digging he hasn't found any other crimes, he has an obligation to close up shop.’
        • ‘For those of you not in the field, I can say without exaggeration that we'd have to close up shop without it.’
        • ‘Once women won the right to vote in 1920, many predicted that having achieved its objective, the women's movement would close up shop and fade away.’
        • ‘But it's no reason for the world's population control movement to close up shop.’
        • ‘Karl Kinser didn't close up shop when Steve headed south.’

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 (sense 2 of the verb).

Pronunciation

shop

/SHäp//ʃɑp/