set up shop

Open a business, start a profession, as in Now that you've got your degree, where do you plan to set up shop? This idiom was first recorded about 1570.

Words Nearby set up shop

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How to use set up shop in a sentence

  • Found he had set up shop in a business structure called the Southern Building.

    Turns about Town | Robert Cortes Holliday
  • And I set up shop almost next door to the chapel, and took the trade out of his mouth, and enjoyed myself finely for six months.

    The History of David Grieve | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • A rough lout had set up shop there, with dressed poultry for sale.

    In the Days of the Guild | Louise Lamprey
  • The enclosed will help you to set up shop and to get and pay whatever is necessary.

  • When they had to run, they went instruments and tools in hand, and as soon as out of reach of the enemy set up shop on a stump.