a retail store, especially a small one.
a small store or department in a large store selling a specific or select type of goods:
the ski shop at Smith’s.
the workshop of a craftsperson or artisan.
the workshop of a person who works in a manual trade; place for doing specific, skilled manual work:
a carpenter’s shop.
any factory, office, or business:
Our ad agency is a well-run shop.
a course of instruction in a trade, as carpentry, printing, etc., consisting chiefly of training in the use of its tools and materials.
a classroom in which such a course is given.
one’s trade, profession, or business as a subject of conversation or preoccupation.
verb (used without object), shopped, shopping.
to visit shops and stores for purchasing or examining goods.
to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale:
Retail merchants often stock their stores by shopping in New York.
to seek a bargain, investment, service, etc. (usually followed by for):
I’m shopping for a safe investment that pays good interest.
verb (used with object), shopped, shopping.
to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale in or by:
She’s shopping the shoe stores this afternoon.
Chiefly British Informal.
to put into prison; jail.
to behave treacherously toward; inform on; betray.
Slang. to try to sell (merchandise or a project) in an attempt to obtain an order or contract.
(used in a store, shop, etc., in calling an employee to wait on a customer.)
set up shop, to go into business; begin business operations:
to set up shop as a taxidermist.
shut up shop,
to close a business temporarily, as at the end of the day.
to suspend business operations permanently:
They couldn’t make a go of it and had to shut up shop.
talk shop, to discuss one’s trade, profession, or business:
After dinner we all sat around the table and talked shop.
a place, esp a small building, for the retail sale of goods and services
an act or instance of shopping, esp household shopping: the weekly shop
a place for the performance of a specified type of work; workshop
(informal) all over the shop
in disarray: his papers were all over the shop
in every direction: I’ve searched for it all over the shop
shut up shop
to close business at the end of the day or permanently
to become defensive or inactive
talk shop, to speak about one’s work, esp when meeting socially, sometimes with the effect of excluding those not similarly employed
verb shops, shopping, shopped
(intransitive) often foll by for. to visit a shop or shops in search of (goods) with the intention of buying them
(transitive) (slang, mainly Brit) to inform on or betray, esp to the police
noun, Informal. 1. a frequent shopper, especially one who is unable to control his or her spending. noun 1. (informal) a compulsive shopper shoot one’s wad
- Shop around
verb (intransitive, adverb) (informal) 1. to visit a number of shops or stores to compare goods and prices 2. to consider a number of possibilities before making a choice shop 1. Look for the best bargain, opportunity, or the like, as in This job offers only minimum wage so she decided to shop around for […]
noun, British. 1. a store clerk. shop assistant noun 1. a person who serves in a shop
noun 1. a website that offers price comparisons for particular products World-Wide Web A kind of bot that searches the World-Wide Web to find the best price for a product you’re looking for. [Examples?] (1999-06-19)