set up shop

shop

[shop]
noun
1.
a retail store, especially a small one.
2.
a small store or department in a large store selling a specific or select type of goods: the ski shop at Smith's.
3.
the workshop of a craftsperson or artisan.
4.
the workshop of a person who works in a manual trade; place for doing specific, skilled manual work: a carpenter's shop.
5.
any factory, office, or business: Our ad agency is a well-run shop.
6.
Education.
a.
a course of instruction in a trade, as carpentry, printing, etc., consisting chiefly of training in the use of its tools and materials.
b.
a classroom in which such a course is given.
7.
one's trade, profession, or business as a subject of conversation or preoccupation.
verb (used without object), shopped, shopping.
8.
to visit shops and stores for purchasing or examining goods.
9.
to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale: Retail merchants often stock their stores by shopping in New York.
10.
to seek a bargain, investment, service, etc. (usually followed by for ): I'm shopping for a safe investment that pays good interest.
verb (used with object), shopped, shopping.
11.
to seek or examine goods, property, etc., offered for sale in or by: She's shopping the shoe stores this afternoon.
12.
Chiefly British Informal.
a.
to put into prison; jail.
b.
to behave treacherously toward; inform on; betray.
13.
Slang. to try to sell (merchandise or a project) in an attempt to obtain an order or contract.
interjection
14.
(used in a store, shop, etc., in calling an employee to wait on a customer.)
Idioms
15.
set up shop, to go into business; begin business operations: to set up shop as a taxidermist.
16.
shut up shop,
a.
to close a business temporarily, as at the end of the day.
b.
to suspend business operations permanently: They couldn't make a go of it and had to shut up shop.
17.
talk shop, to discuss one's trade, profession, or business: After dinner we all sat around the table and talked shop.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English shoppe (noun), Old English sceoppa booth; akin to scypen stall, shippon, German Schopf lean-to, Schuppen shed

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shop (ʃɒp)
 
n
1.  a place, esp a small building, for the retail sale of goods and services
2.  an act or instance of shopping, esp household shopping: the weekly shop
3.  a place for the performance of a specified type of work; workshop
4.  informal all over the shop
 a.  in disarray: his papers were all over the shop
 b.  in every direction: I've searched for it all over the shop
5.  shut up shop
 a.  to close business at the end of the day or permanently
 b.  to become defensive or inactive
6.  talk shop to speak about one's work, esp when meeting socially, sometimes with the effect of excluding those not similarly employed
 
vb (often foll by for) , shops, shopping, shopped
7.  to visit a shop or shops in search of (goods) with the intention of buying them
8.  slang chiefly (Brit) (tr) to inform on or betray, esp to the police
 
[Old English sceoppa stall, booth; related to Old High German scopf shed, Middle Dutch schoppe stall]

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Word Origin & History

shop
c.1300, perhaps from O.E. scoppa "booth or shed for trade or work" (rare), related to scypen "cowshed," from P.Gmc. *skoppan "small additional structure" (cf. O.H.G. scopf "building without walls, porch," Ger. dial. Scopf "porch, cart-shed, barn," Ger. Schuppen "a shed"), from base *skupp-. But it's
likely that the M.E. word was acquired from O.Fr. eschoppe "booth, stall," which is a Gmc. loan-word from the same root. Meaning "schoolroom equipped for teaching vocational arts" is from 1914, Amer.Eng. Sense of "matters pertaining to one's trade" is from 1814 (as in to talk shop, 1860). Shopping cart is recorded from 1956; shopping list first attested 1913; transf. and fig. use is from 1959.

shop
1688, "to bring something to a shop, to expose for sale," from shop (n.). The meaning "to visit shops" is first attested 1764. Shop around is from 1922
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Idioms & Phrases

set up shop

Open a business, start a profession, as in Now that you've got your degree, where do you plan to set up shop? This idiom was first recorded about 1570.

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