American English

Definition of shop noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    where you buy something
  1. 1[countable] a small store or a department in a large store where you can buy goods or services a shoe shop There's a little gift shop around the corner. a butcher shop Topic CollocationsShoppinggoing shopping go/go out/be out shopping go to a store/the mall/a shopping center do the grocery shopping/a bit of window-shopping (informal) hit/hang out at the mall try on clothes/shoes (informal) indulge in some retail therapy go on a spending spree cut/cut back on/reduce your spending be/get caught shoplifting donate something to/take something to/find something in a thrift store buy/sell/find something at a garage sale/a yard sale/a flea market find/get/pick up a bargainat the store load/push/wheel a (grocery) cart stand in/wait in the checkout line stand in line at the checkout/the register bag (your) groceries stock/restock the shelves at a store (with something) be (found) on/appear on supermarket/store shelves be in/have in/be out of/run out of stock deal with/help/serve customers run a special promotion be on sale/clearancebuying goods make/complete a purchase order/buy/purchase something online/by mail order place/take an order for something buy/order something in bulk/in advance accept/take credit cards pay (in) cash/by (credit/debit) card/with a gift certificate/by check enter your PIN (= personal identification number) ask for/get/obtain a receipt return/exchange an item/a product be entitled to/ask for/demand a refund compare prices offer (somebody)/give (somebody)/get/receive a 30% discount clip/save/use/print coupons see also coffee shop
  2. for making/repairing things
  3. 2(also workshop) [countable] (especially in compounds) a place where things are made or repaired, especially part of a factory where a particular type of work is done a repair shop a paint shop (= where cars are painted) see also body shop synonyms at factory
  4. school subject
  5. 3(also shop class) [uncountable] = industrial arts
  6. room for tools
  7. 4(also workshop) [countable] a room in a house where tools are kept for making repairs to the house, building things out of wood, etc.
  8. Idioms
    a bull in a china shop
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    a person who is careless, or who moves or acts in a rough or awkward way, in a place or situation where skill and care are needed You're not going to go storming in there like a bull in a china shop, are you?
    set up shop
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    to start a business
    talk shop (usually disapproving)
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    to talk about your work with the people you work with, especially when you are also with other people who are not connected with or interested in it Whenever we get together with David and Sue they always end up talking shop.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shop