- 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.
verb (used without object), shopped, shop·ping.
verb (used with object), shopped, shop·ping.
- to put into prison; jail.
- to behave treacherously toward; inform on; betray.
- shooting star,
- shooting stick,
- shooting war,
- shop around,
- shop assistant,
- shop floor,
- shop right,
- shop steward
- 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.
Origin of shop
Examples from the Web for shop
Finding the shop is a trip in itself and an introduction to a slice of history.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech|Liza Foreman|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I suspect [Teresa] will get money sent in to her, so she can shop at the commissary.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The rapid rise of the sharing economy is changing the way people around the world commute, shop, vacation, and borrow.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?|Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because the shop was emblematic of that peculiar Italian institution known as La Faccia: i.e. presenting the best face possible.
With this sophisticated tone set, the shop opened and developed a clientele.
Eliza Doolittle's ambition is to become fitted for the functions of a young lady in a florist's shop.
There is not a single bookseller's shop, however, in either eastern or western Africa.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
His shop contains odd curios as well as the usual traffic of a cobbler.Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
That was the question that faced the oldest Corner House girl as she turned away from the door of the little cobbler's shop.The Corner House Girls at School|Grace Brooks Hill
He long afterwards discovered in a shoemaker's shop a panel of the head which belonged to the torso.Leonardo da Vinci|Maurice W. Brockwell
- in disarrayhis papers were all over the shop
- in every directionI've searched for it all over the shop
- to close business at the end of the day or permanently
- to become defensive or inactive
verb shops, shopping or shopped
Word Origin for shop
c.1300, "booth or shed for trade or work," perhaps from Old English scoppa, a rare word of uncertain meaning, apparently related to scypen "cowshed," from Proto-Germanic *skoppan "small additional structure" (cf. Old High German scopf "building without walls, porch," German dialectal Scopf "porch, cart-shed, barn," German Schuppen "a shed"), from root *skupp-. Or the Middle English word was acquired from Old French eschoppe "booth, stall" (Modern French échoppe), which is a Germanic loan-word from the same root.
Meaning "building or room set aside for sale of merchandise" is from mid-14c. Meaning "schoolroom equipped for teaching vocational arts" is from 1914, American English. Sense of "matters pertaining to one's trade" is from 1814 (as in talk shop (v.), 1860).
1680s, "to bring something to a shop, to expose for sale," from shop (n.). The meaning "to visit shops for the purpose of examining or purchasing goods" is first attested 1764. Related: Shopped; shopping. Shop around is from 1922. Shopping cart is recorded from 1956; shopping list first attested 1913; transferred and figurative use is from 1959.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shop
- shop around
- bull in a china shop
- close up (shop)
- set up (shop)
- shut up (shop)
- talk shop