mom and pop


of or pertaining to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family: a mom-and-pop grocery.
of or indicating something, as an enterprise, investment, or project, that is independent, small in scope, and modestly financed.
noun, plural mom-and-pops.
a small-scale, owner-operated business.

1950–55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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