early closing

noun British

  1. the shutting of most of the shops in a town one afternoon each week
  2. (as adjective)early-closing day
the day on which this happensThursday is early closing in Aylesbury

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Historical Examples of early closing

  • We are making haste,” Dick shouted back, “in case it is early-closing day.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • It is to the cafes that the early-closing law chiefly applies.

    Europe Revised

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • You should have seen Mr. Hoopdriver promenading the brilliant gardens at Earl's Court on an early-closing night.

  • Veronica performed a useful service by seizing the moment to express a hope that it was not early-closing day.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • A dark blind was pulled down inside, because it was Wednesday and early-closing day.