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[pawn-shop] /ˈpɔnˌʃɒp/
the shop of a pawnbroker, especially one where unredeemed items are displayed and sold.
Origin of pawnshop
First recorded in 1840-50; pawn1 + shop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Before the policeman could even reply, the owner of the pawnshop had come up.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade
  • After I had had breakfast, I went straight to Abrahamson's pawnshop.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.
  • In fact, he was swearing to it all over again as he stood there in the pawnshop.

    The Winning Clue

    James Hay, Jr.
  • “We may recover it at some pawnshop in Bangor, when we go back,” replied Jerry.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Customers coming into the pawnshop stopped to see what was going on.

  • For them too history was a tale like any other too often heard, their land a pawnshop.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • He took his gun into a pawnshop and left it there for thirty-five cents.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • According to Willing, there was a pawnshop just round the corner.

  • Had it not been for one circumstance, it might have been a pawnshop inventory.

    News Writing M. Lyle Spencer
British Dictionary definitions for pawnshop


the premises of a pawnbroker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pawnshop

also pawn-shop, by 1763, from pawn (n.1) + shop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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