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[pawn-shop] /ˈpɔnˌʃɒp/
the shop of a pawnbroker, especially one where unredeemed items are displayed and sold.
Origin of pawnshop
1840-50; pawn1 + shop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After I had had breakfast, I went straight to Abrahamson's pawnshop.

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • “We may recover it at some pawnshop in Bangor, when we go back,” replied Jerry.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Mary Louise repressed a smile and entered the pawnshop by the front door.

  • He took his gun into a pawnshop and left it there for thirty-five cents.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • For them too history was a tale like any other too often heard, their land a pawnshop.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • According to Willing, there was a pawnshop just round the corner.

  • Customers coming into the pawnshop stopped to see what was going on.

  • Here was the pawnshop, the windows of which were already packed.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • I've had every pawnshop in New York looked over, but they ain't there.

    The Voice in the Fog Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for pawnshop


the premises of a pawnbroker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pawnshop

also pawn-shop, by 1763, from pawn (n.1) + shop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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