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shop assistant

noun, British
a store clerk.
Origin of shop assistant
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nine till five are the accepted hours for the clerk; half-past nine till six for the shop-assistant.

    Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
  • I reflected that I had done my share toward forming the opinions, the mental attitude of that young clerk or shop-assistant.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • She guessed that the shop-assistant must have found it, and placed it conspicuously on the counter.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • How curious then that Miss Affleck should now be compelled to make her own living as a shop-assistant!

    Fan W.H. Hudson (AKA Henry Harford)
  • "That's what he's there for," she said of the shop-assistant.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • It looks lovely on you, a shop-assistant will say, with an air of being dispassionate.

  • He hired a shop-assistant, and Theresa sat all day at the till and learned to keep books.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • Perhaps I might obtain a post in a bank; I might become a shop-assistant, bag-man, even a pressman.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • She was a shop-assistant, but standing behind the counter gave her varicose veins; and she went to Dublin as nursery-governess.

    The Lake George Moore
  • At Welchpool the wife of a shopkeeper poisoned her husband, and the same night eloped with the shop-assistant.

    A History of Police in England W. L. Melville Lee
British Dictionary definitions for shop-assistant

shop assistant

a person who serves in a shop
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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