- of or relating to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family: a mom-and-pop grocery.
- of or indicating something, as an enterprise, investment, or project, that is independent, small in scope, and modestly financed.
- a small-scale, owner-operated business.
Origin of mom-and-pop
An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
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Examples from the Web for mom-and-pop
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Throughout the campaign, Brown made clear that he envisions his next governorship as a mom-and-pop operation.Californa's Most Powerful Woman
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No amount of mom-and-pop wineries could ever feed that demand, or that low price point.How Wine Became Like Fast Food
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