Idioms

    set up shop, to go into business; begin business operations: to set up shop as a taxidermist.
    shut up shop,
    1. to close a business temporarily, as at the end of the day.
    2. to suspend business operations permanently: They couldn't make a go of it and had to shut up shop.
    talk shop, to discuss one's trade, profession, or business: After dinner we all sat around the table and talked shop.

Origin of shop

1250–1300; Middle English shoppe (noun), Old English sceoppa booth; akin to scypen stall, shippon, German Schopf lean-to, Schuppen shed
Related formsin·ter·shop, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for talk shop

shop

noun

a place, esp a small building, for the retail sale of goods and services
an act or instance of shopping, esp household shoppingthe weekly shop
a place for the performance of a specified type of work; workshop
all over the shop informal
  1. in disarrayhis papers were all over the shop
  2. in every directionI've searched for it all over the shop
shut up shop
  1. to close business at the end of the day or permanently
  2. to become defensive or inactive
talk shop to speak about one's work, esp when meeting socially, sometimes with the effect of excluding those not similarly employed

verb shops, shopping or shopped

(intr often foll by for) to visit a shop or shops in search of (goods) with the intention of buying them
(tr) slang, mainly British to inform on or betray, esp to the police

Word Origin for shop

Old English sceoppa stall, booth; related to Old High German scopf shed, Middle Dutch schoppe stall
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Word Origin and History for talk shop

shop

n.

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).

shop

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with talk shop

talk shop

Converse about one's business or profession, as in Whenever John and his dad get together, they talk shop. [Mid-1800s]

shop

In addition to the idiom beginning with shop

  • shop around

also see:

  • bull in a china shop
  • close up (shop)
  • set up (shop)
  • shut up (shop)
  • talk shop
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