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Topic: SCHOOL

Language: Old English
Origin: sceoppa 'stall'

shop

1 noun
     
shop1 S1 W1
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place where you buy things

[countable] especially British English a building or part of a building where you can buy things, food, or services [= store American English]
toy/pet/shoe/gift etc shop
Her brother runs a record shop in Chester.
a barber's shop
a fish-and-chip shop
the local shops
Shirley saw her reflection in the shop window.
in the shops
New potatoes are in the shops now.
I'm just going down to the shops.
wander/browse around the shops
I spent a happy afternoon wandering around the shops.
bucket shop, corner shop, coffee shop
2

place which makes/repairs things

[countable]TIF a place where something is made or repaired:
The generators are put together in the machine shop.
a bicycle repair shop
shop floor, shop steward
3

school subject

also shop class [uncountable] American EnglishSES a subject taught in schools that shows students how to use tools and machinery to make or repair things
in shop
Doug made this table in shop.
wood/metal/print etc shop
One auto shop class is run just for girls.
4

set up shop

informalBB to start a business
5

shut up shop

British English close up shop American English informalBB to close a shop or business, either temporarily or permanently
6

talk shop

informal to talk about things that are related to your work, especially in a way that other people find boring:
I'm fed up with you two talking shop.
shop talk
7

all over the shop

British English spoken
a) scattered around untidily:
There were bits of paper all over the shop.
b) confused and disorganized:
I'm all over the shop this morning.
8

go shopping

[singular] British English spoken an occasion when you go shopping, especially for food and other things you need regularly:
She always does the weekly shop on a Friday.
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shop, store
In British English, shop is the usual word and store is sometimes used to mean a very large shop where many different kinds of things are sold, for example a large supermarket or department store They live opposite a row of shops. This item is available in our London store. In American English, store is the usual word and shop is sometimes used to mean a small store that sells one type of goods Will you go to the store for me? a card shop In British English, you can talk about the shops I'm going to the shops - do you want anything? But speakers of American English never say 'the stores'.
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