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[mom-uh n-pop] /ˈmɒm ənˈpɒp/
of or relating 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.
Origin of mom-and-pop
1950-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for mom-and-pop
  • Amazon's campaign strategy is now to evoke sympathy for these mom-and-pop stores.
  • The business is dominated by tiny mom-and-pop stores.
  • They start up small mom-and-pop, hole-in-the wall restaurants and dry goods businesses worldwide.
  • mom-and-pop stores have more leeway on discounts, especially if you're a regular customer.
  • Options range from high-rise condo buildings, mom-and-pop motels and beach cottages.
  • Along the road, mom-and-pop operators were selling flats of berries from tents and campers.
  • At the bottom are thousands of mom-and-pop factories that sell some small number of phones.
  • Most service firms are smaller, mom-and-pop operations.
  • And those mom-and-pop operations also aren't able to achieve the crucial economies of scale that create efficiencies.
  • Lots of people avoid mom-and-pop gas stations, and stick to certain brands for fear of buying poor quality gas.
Slang definitions & phrases for mom-and-pop



Run by a couple or a family; small-scale: still seem wedded to the ''mom and pop store,'' small-business approach/ All kinds of neighborhoods have them, mom-and-pop stores, laundromats/ The constitution says nothing about a mom and pop presidency (1951+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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