shop ( shops plural & 3rd person present) ( shopping present participle) ( shopped past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A shop is a building or part of a building where things are sold.
...health food shops., ...a record shop..., It's not available in the shops.
in AM, usually use store
2 verb When you shop, you go to shops and buy things.
He always shopped at the Co-op. V prep/adv
...some advice that's worth bearing in mind when shopping for a new carpet. V prep/adv
...customers who shop once a week. V
shopper ( shoppers plural) n-count
...crowds of Christmas shoppers.
3 n-count You can refer to a place where a particular service is offered as a particular type of shop.
...the barber shop where Rodney sometimes had his hair cut., ...your local video shop.
4 verb If you shop someone, you report them to the police for doing something illegal.
INFORMAL His father was so disgusted to discover his son was dealing drugs he shopped him to police... V n to n
Fraudsters are often shopped by honest friends and neighbours. be V-ed
6 If something is happening all over the shop, it is happening in many different places or throughout a wide area.
all over the shop phrase PHR after v
This gave them the freedom to make trouble all over the shop without fear of retribution.
7 If you set up shop, you start a business.
set up shop phrase V inflects
He set up shop as an independent PR consultant...
8 If you say that people are talking shop, you mean that they are talking about their work, and this is boring for other people who do not do the same work.
to talk shop phrase V inflects If you hang around with colleagues all the time you just end up talking shop. shop around phrasal verb If you shop around, you go to different shops or companies in order to compare the prices and quality of goods or services before you decide to buy them. Prices may vary so it's well worth shopping around before you buy... V P He shopped around for a firm that would be flexible. V P for n
barber shop ( barber shops plural )
in AM, also use barbershop A barber shop is a shop where a barber works. n-count
beauty shop ( beauty shops plural ) A beauty shop is the same as a beauty parlour.
betting shop ( betting shops plural ) A betting shop is a place where people can go to bet on something such as a horse race.
charity shop ( charity shops plural ) A charity shop is a shop that sells used goods cheaply and gives its profits to a charity.
in AM, use thrift shop
chip shop ( chip shops plural ) A chip shop is a shop which sells hot food such as fish and chips, fried chicken, sausages, and meat pies. The food is cooked in the shop and people take it away to eat at home or in the street.
(=fish and chip shop)
closed shop ( closed shops plural ) If a factory, shop, or other business is a closed shop, the employees must be members of a particular trade union. (BUSINESS) n-count
...the trade union which they are required to join under the closed shop agreement.
coffee shop ( coffee shops plural ) , coffee-shop A coffee shop is a kind of restaurant that sells coffee, tea, cakes, and sometimes sandwiches and light meals. n-count
corner shop ( corner shops plural ) , corner-shop A corner shop is a small shop, usually on the corner of a street, that sells mainly food and household goods.
in AM, use corner store
duty-free shop ( duty-free shops plural ) A duty-free shop is a shop, for example at an airport, where you can buy goods at a cheaper price than usual, because no tax is paid on them. n-count
fish and chip shop ( fish and chip shops plural ) In Britain, a fish and chip shop is a shop which sells hot food such as fish and chips, fried chicken, sausages, and meat pies. The food is cooked in the shop and people take it away to eat at home or in the street. n-count
paper shop ( paper shops plural ) A paper shop is a shop that sells newspapers and magazines, and also things such as tobacco, sweets, and cards.
pawn shop ( pawn shops plural ) , pawnshop A pawn shop is a pawnbroker's shop. n-count
print shop ( print shops plural ) A print shop is a small business which prints and copies things such as documents and cards for customers. n-count
sex shop ( sex shops plural ) A sex shop is a shop that sells products that are associated with sexual pleasure, for example magazines, videos, and special clothing or equipment. n-count
share shop ( share shops plural ) A share shop is a shop or Internet website where members of the public can buy shares in companies. (BUSINESS) n-count
shop assistant ( shop assistants plural ) A shop assistant is a person who works in a shop selling things to customers.
in AM, use sales clerk
shop floor , shop-floor, shopfloor
The shop floor is used to refer to all the ordinary workers in a factory or the area where they work, especially in contrast to the people who are in charge.
(BRIT) n-sing oft N n
Cost must be controlled, not just on the shop floor but in the boardroom too.
shop front ( shop fronts plural ) , shopfront A shop front is the outside part of a shop which faces the street, including the door and windows.
in AM, use storefront
shop steward ( shop stewards plural ) A shop steward is a trade union member who is elected by the other members in a factory or office to speak for them at official meetings.
sweet shop ( sweet shops plural ) , sweetshop A sweet shop is a small shop that sells sweets and cigarettes, and sometimes newspapers and magazines.
(BRIT) n-count oft the N
in AM, use candy store
talking shop ( talking shops plural ) If you say that a conference or a committee is just a talking shop, you disapprove of it because nothing is achieved as a result of what is discussed.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
tea shop ( tea shops plural ) , teashop A tea shop is a small restaurant where tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches, and light meals are served.
(BRIT) n-count; n-in-names
thrift shop ( thrift shops plural ) A thrift shop or thrift store is a shop that sells used goods cheaply and gives its profits to a charity.
in BRIT, use charity shop